Welcome to Department of Language Studies
The Department of Language Studies, formerly known as the Department of Social Sciences, was established in December 2015. It is determined to become a leader at Sokoine University of Agriculture and worldwide in the use of technology to advance the teaching and learning of languages.
The Department of Language Studies offers a range of academic courses which cater to the needs of diverse group of students at Sokoine University of Agriculture, including Communication Skills I and Communication Skills II. It is currently working on the establishment of a BA in English and English Language Teaching degree programme which is expected to be launched soon. In addition, the Department has also focused attention on enhancing learning opportunities for the national language of Tanzania, Swahili, and other international languages, including Chinese and French.
The mandate of the Department includes the delivery of a broader range of language and interdisciplinary programmes that support the mission of Sokoine University of Agriculture and enhance the global and cross-cultural education for our undergraduate students in order to enable them become competitive graduates in their areas of specialization and leaders in their prospective careers. The department's faculty members take pride in their innovative approach to language study in which they combine the practice of language, the spirit of cultures, and the teaching and learning processes associated with the understanding and application of languages.
About the Department
The Department of Language Studies belongs to the College of Social Sciences and Humanities, at Sokoine University of Agriculture. In this Department, you can find out researchers, teachers and administrative staff who are committed to delivering effective and efficient services in the areas of language and language teaching.
The Department offers courses to cater to the needs of English language for students pursuing different degree programme at Sokoine University of Agriculture. The courses include Communication Skills I and Communication Skills II. The Communication Skills I entails Language and Grammar and it is offered in the First, Third, and Fifth semesters as an Elective but Mandatory to only those classified as poor in English, upon taking the University Screening Test. The Communication Skills II course is on Academic Study skills. This course is a compulsory 2-credit course, offered in the Second Semester for all undergraduate students. This course is offered on assumption that at this time most (if not all) students would have acquired appreciable knowledge of English to enable them benefit from communication skills studies and thus participate meaningfully in the application of such knowledge in other university courses.
Currently, the Department is preparing to start offering a Bachelor of Arts in English and English Language Teaching degree programme, a programme that seeks to prepare competent English language teachers, tutors and curriculum developers.
The Department of Language Studies has a total of 12 members of academic staff, including 3 PhD holders and 8 Master’s degree holders. These have great skills and knowledge in diverse areas of specialization such as linguistics, French language, English language, curriculum development and evaluation, educational research, educational testing and measurements, philosophy and psychology. In addition, the Department has 2 Administrative Staff, including an Office Management Secretary and Office Attendant. The current staff profile is as follows: