A VISITING PROFESSOR FROM UNIVERSITY OF VIENNA IN AUSTRIA WITH PG LIT STUDENTS
LITERATURE STUDENTS TAKING A CREATIVE WRITERS WORKSHOP IN MARCH 2020
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THE AUF TRAINING ON RESEARCH METHODOLOGY
IN SERVICE TRAINING OF TEACHERS OF FRENCH
Japanese Cultural Festival
Japanese Club- KU
Japanese language learners at a cultural festival
Prof.Ralarala of Cape Peninsulla University, South Africa, The Dean SHSS, the Chairperson of LL&FL,Dr.Nthiga and seminar participants after the launch of a book on forensic Lings

Literature Undergraduate Student Testimonial

My name is Cecilia Akinyi Otieno. I am a 4th Year student at Kenyatta University. I am pursuing a Bachelor of Education (Arts) degree with English and Literature as my teaching subjects. When I joined campus in September 2014, my mindset was similar to that of many of my classmates. Many often believe that we are here to finish the degree and after four years we graduate to go and become teachers of English in high school. However we were wrong. The Degree in English and Literature at Kenyatta University exposes a learner to other career tracks including Media, Theatre, International Relations, Corporate Communication and Publishing. I am passionate about blogging and exploring activities that allow me to express my thoughts in words. This led me to start my blog in 2017 through which I won Writer of the Year in KUSA Awards 2017, and the following year, I was made Editor in Chief of Career Office Magazine, a KU career week memento magazine. My dream of being a writer is now at hand. Inspirational approach to content-delivery, professional mentorship and interactive teaching methods of my instructors in the Department of Literature, Linguistics and Foreign Languages have ensured my steady blossom as a writer and teacher. Higher education in the Humanities at K.U. equips one with the relevant skills needed to compete favorably in the market. As I say, one can never go wrong with a degree in English and literature.

 

My name is Richard Mbuthia. I am a Fourth year undergraduate student in the Department of Literature, Linguistics and Foreign Languages specializing in English and Literature as teaching subjects under a Bachelor of Education (Arts) Degree. I chose Kenyatta University as my university of choice because of the education courses offered. The university is arguably the oldest teacher-training university in the country. I am taking my degree program under the Continuing Education part-time mode of learning. I teach at the primary school level in Tanzania but wanted to enhance my capacity to be able to teach at the secondary level of education also. Different universities offer this approach to learning but K. U is a pioneer on the same. Always, I dream of being one who can change the society through education. The training and visionary instructors I have interacted with in the Department of L. L. and F. L. has convinced me that teaching is a calling but also a profession. Sapient courses, deep topics and philosophical depths are what one encounters through the various Literature and Linguistics courses available in the department. Creative writers who teach it in literature section adopt hands on approach to mentorship. Under them I have since published three books of poetry. The first one is my debut collection of poems entitled The Setting Noon and Other Poems (2017). The second and third ones are two anthologies produced in conjunction with school pupils where I teach: Bounding for Light (2018) and A Spark in the Dark (2019). I stoutly recommend you all to try Kenyatta University. 

I am Kariuki wa Nyamu. I am currently pursuing a Master of Arts in Literature in the Department of Literature, Linguistics and Foreign Languages. As a research student, the department has exposed me to a vast array of course work units on the changing trends in literary studies. They include: Stylistics, African American Literature, Modern African Literature, Children’s Literature, Women in Literature, Creative Writing, Theatre Arts as well as Literature from Europe, Asia, Caribbean and Latin America. The advanced knowledge learnt has given me a distinct advantage to work in the Media on a part-time basis besides full-time teaching. I have also managed to establish significant links with publishers and film makers. Notably, my literary work has been published extensively both in print and online. In 2017, I beat 16 able contenders from across Africa to clinch be Winner of the Babishai Haiku Poetry Prize. My published book is When Children Dare to Dream: An Anthology of Children’s Short Stories and Poetry (2017), it is a result of my literature training in K.U. The print books, journals and electronic materials in the departmental Resource Centre demystify research. Research students here embrace teamwork particularly in seminars, discussions and class presentations. In addition, our highly competent lecturers and professors offer us apt tutelage and mentorship. They compare well with those who taught me at Makerere University in Uganda where I earned my undergraduate degree. They are approachable, resourceful and committed towards quality teaching and timely research supervision. One is sure of completion of studies in this department under its visionary chairperson.  

My name is Adebayo Adefemi Oguntuase from Nigeria. I am currently a PhD in Literature student in the Department of Literature, Linguistics and Foreign Languages since 2019. Having attended three different Universities in Nigeria and having travelled to parts of the United Kingdom, USA and Asia, I am able to say that my Department in Kenyatta University and the University itself in general offer a globally-relevant and competitive education of high international standards. The approach to PhD work offered by the department’s literature section is both unique and commendable. Students' entry behavior (their background as BA and MA degrees holder) and experience are discounted. I had to do Course work which I find enriching and ennobling. This is not the practice in other Departments and Universities elsewhere in Nigeria where it is assumed that students already know what they may not have adequately grasped hitherto. The PhD courses taught in class by a highly competent phalanx of dons trained locally and in Europe include:
1. ALT 901-Advanced Research Methods
2. ALT 902-Advanced Literary Theory
3. ALT 903-Advanced Critical & Creative Writing
4. ALT 997-Popular Culture & Literature.
The Literature PhD course entails course work, examination and thesis. The outcome of this intellectually rigorous methodology is a candidate who fits in the academic world and is internationally competitive. Ghanaians are part of the international research students in the Literature section of the department. Tanzanians, Rwandans and Eritreans have passed through this department. I recommend it as a destination for researchers who want to learn through lectures, workshops, seminars and personal study in the well-stocked Literature resource center and Post Modern Library of the Main University with its thousands of archives both in print and electronic forms.

MA English and Linguistics, 2019

The Master of Arts (English & Linguistics) course offered by the Department of Literature, Linguistics and Foreign Languages gave me an opportunity to acquire skills and knowledge and become a master phonetician. During coursework, the Department ensured that I was exposed to best practice in linguistics. I specialised in Acoustic Phonetics, an area that requires a firm grasp of linguistics and computational statistics. I was glad that the courses in phonetics and phonology and linguistics field methods had firmly grounded me in these areas. The lecturers in the Department are not only specialists in their areas but also patient, approachable and understanding and they were of great help during my fieldwork. Further, the numerous workshops and seminars organized by the Department gave me invaluable skills in quantitative and qualitative approaches in linguistics. I greatly developed my professional network while a student in the Department of Literature, Linguistics and Foreign Languages and I can now conduct research and publish papers. I would highly recommend Master of Art (Eng/Ling) to anyone who wants to work as a professional linguist. The course has a variety of specializations so that everyone’s interests in linguistics are catered for.

 

chairperson english

Dr. Kenneth Kamuri Ngure
Chairperson
Department of Literature, Linguistics, and Foreign Languages


 

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