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Undergraduate Courses

Fields of study at undergraduate level (Mother tongue/Home language)

Mother tongue courses provide students with awareness and theories underpinning specific learning areas, as well as workplace exposure and practical experience related to African languages.

The following modules are taught: 

1.     IsiXhosa in context (grammar of isiXhosa in real life contexts)

The module examines general rules that govern the use of language. It is taught in
a lively, relevant and practical manner. IsiXhosa is also studied in comparison
with other Nguni languages (isiZulu, isiNdebele and Siswati).

2.     Language, society & media studies

This module explores the relationship between isiXhosa and the society in which it is spoken. It investigates topics such as language and culture, identity, education and media.

3.     Literature

The literature module traces the history of the development of isiXhosa literature
before and after the language was written. It explores oral poetry, written poetry, short stories, novels and drama.

4.     Translation studies

The module introduces students to the study and practice of translation, and provides awareness, theoretical underpinnings and practical experience on translation.

5.     Language and technology

The module conscientises students about matters related to the promotion of African languages in technology, and provides strategies for their development for use in this field.  
The medium of instruction at undergraduate level, mother tongue stream, is isiXhosa.

Fields of study at undergraduate level (Second language/Additional language)

This course is intended for students who have no prior knowledge of isiXhosa. Students who have matriculated with isiXhosa as an additional language can, at the discretion of the Head of the Section, enrol at second year level.

Its primary aim is to provide students with proficiency in isiXhosa, as well as culture and literature of the language. Proficiency is developed around themes that students should be able to use in everyday conversation.

What follows indicates linguistic, literature and cultural topics offered:

  • Introduction to the grammatical system of isiXhosa (grammar teaching and learning is     integrated in communicative themes and tasks);
  • Introduction to the sociolinguistics of the isiXhosa language;
  • Introduction to language planning with special reference to Africa and
  • Introduction to the various types of literature and study of selected Xhosa literary works. Abridged versions of isiXhosa novels are used for better understanding of the isiXhosa culture and use of language.

The African Language Studies Section is equipped with a Multimedia Facility which is used to facilitate language learning. Students can also use it for independent language learning.

Vocation-specific language learning programmes

South African employers progressively value employees who can speak more than one language because they have become increasingly conscious of their national and international position in trade,
commerce, culture and foreign policy. Speaking and studying other languages also fosters skills in critical analysis and independent judgement.

Rhodes University understands importance of language in training their students, and has added vocation-specific isiXhosa language learning in the following programmes:

  • Pharmacy
  • Law
  • Education
  • Journalism and Media Studies

These courses provide students with knowledge and skills that they would use immediately in practical training, and as practitioners in the specific areas.

Last Modified :Fri, 08 Feb 2013 11:30:43 SAST

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Undergraduate Courses

Fields of study at undergraduate level (Mother tongue/Home language)

Mother tongue courses provide students with awareness and theories underpinning specific learning areas, as well as workplace exposure and practical experience related to African languages.

The following modules are taught: 

1.     IsiXhosa in context (grammar of isiXhosa in real life contexts)

The module examines general rules that govern the use of language. It is taught in
a lively, relevant and practical manner. IsiXhosa is also studied in comparison
with other Nguni languages (isiZulu, isiNdebele and Siswati).

2.     Language, society & media studies

This module explores the relationship between isiXhosa and the society in which it is spoken. It investigates topics such as language and culture, identity, education and media.

3.     Literature

The literature module traces the history of the development of isiXhosa literature
before and after the language was written. It explores oral poetry, written poetry, short stories, novels and drama.

4.     Translation studies

The module introduces students to the study and practice of translation, and provides awareness, theoretical underpinnings and practical experience on translation.

5.     Language and technology

The module conscientises students about matters related to the promotion of African languages in technology, and provides strategies for their development for use in this field.  
The medium of instruction at undergraduate level, mother tongue stream, is isiXhosa.

Fields of study at undergraduate level (Second language/Additional language)

This course is intended for students who have no prior knowledge of isiXhosa. Students who have matriculated with isiXhosa as an additional language can, at the discretion of the Head of the Section, enrol at second year level.

Its primary aim is to provide students with proficiency in isiXhosa, as well as culture and literature of the language. Proficiency is developed around themes that students should be able to use in everyday conversation.

What follows indicates linguistic, literature and cultural topics offered:

  • Introduction to the grammatical system of isiXhosa (grammar teaching and learning is     integrated in communicative themes and tasks);
  • Introduction to the sociolinguistics of the isiXhosa language;
  • Introduction to language planning with special reference to Africa and
  • Introduction to the various types of literature and study of selected Xhosa literary works. Abridged versions of isiXhosa novels are used for better understanding of the isiXhosa culture and use of language.

The African Language Studies Section is equipped with a Multimedia Facility which is used to facilitate language learning. Students can also use it for independent language learning.

Vocation-specific language learning programmes

South African employers progressively value employees who can speak more than one language because they have become increasingly conscious of their national and international position in trade,
commerce, culture and foreign policy. Speaking and studying other languages also fosters skills in critical analysis and independent judgement.

Rhodes University understands importance of language in training their students, and has added vocation-specific isiXhosa language learning in the following programmes:

  • Pharmacy
  • Law
  • Education
  • Journalism and Media Studies

These courses provide students with knowledge and skills that they would use immediately in practical training, and as practitioners in the specific areas.

Last Modified :Tue, 28 Mar 2017 15:56:15 SAST