IsiXhosa is a three-year major subject which may be studied for degree curricula in the Faculty of Humanities. One, or in some cases more than one course is allowed as a credit for degree\diploma\certificate curricula in the faculties of Commerce, Education, Law and Science.


IsiXhosa 1 Non-Mother-Tongue

Xhosa 1(non-mother tongue) is a full year course which is open to those students who have no prior knowledge of Xhosa as well as those who have limited knowledge of the language provided that they have not matriculated in Xhosa. Students who have passed Xhosa matriculation level as 2nd and 3rd language may be permitted to register for Xhosa (non-mother-tongue) 2 in their second year of study. Students who wish to do this are advised to consult with the division during their first year of study.

In this course the emphasis is on practical proficiency in speaking and reading/writing Xhosa. A well equipped Multimedia Facility is also used as means of practicing the language independently. A range of linguistic and cultural topics relevant to Xhosa and the African languages of Southern Africa are also offered.


IsiXhosa 2 (NMT)

The list which follows indicates the kinds of linguistic, literature and cultural topics offered:

  • Introduction to the grammatical system of Xhosa.
  • Introduction to the sociolinguistics of the Xhosa language.
  • Introduction to language planning with special reference to Africa.
  • Introduction to the various types of literature and study of selected Xhosa literary works. Abridged versions of Xhosa novels are used for better understanding of the Xhosa culture and use of language.


In addition, isiXhosa 2 (non-mother-tongue) students will work on practical proficiency in speaking, reading and writing the language. Students will be required to demonstrate ability in both the informal and formal registers of the language. This will form part of the final examination.


IsiXhosa 3 (NMT)

All the modules that are offered at the second year level are also dealt with at a more advanced level. Students will also be introduced to the development of Xhosa literature and the study of selected Xhosa literary works.

A project/research essay may form part of the work of the course.

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