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Course Description

Credit Units: 2

Lecturers: Mrs. Deborah, F. (MA, B Ed. English Language), Email Id:, College of Education & Social Sciences, Department of English Language.

Learning Outcomes/Objectives:
This course guide tells you briefly what the course is about, what course materials you will be using and how to work your way through these materials. It suggests some general guidelines for the amount of time you are likely to spend on each unit of the course. 

Learning Outcomes/ Objectives

At the end of the course, the student will be acquainted with:

  1. Explain the relationships between each core area of linguistic study;
  2. Discuss trends in general Linguistics, with particular reference to core linguistic areas of linguistic description namely, Phonetics, Phonology, Morphology, Syntax and Semantics;
  3. Apply the skills you have learned in explaining the processes of the English language and Nigerian languages;
  4. Discuss language and other related disciplines like Sociolinguistics, Psycholinguistics, Contrastive Linguistics, Historical Linguistics, Documentary Linguistics, and their application to solve practical problems

Course Content

  1. Levels of Linguistic Study 
  2. Language and Context 
  3. Language and Psychology 
  4. Diachronic and Synchronic Linguistics 

Methods of Instruction:

  • Lectures
  • Tutorials
  • Discussion groups
  • Projects (e.g. teaching practice, seminar presentation)
  • Reading of articles from relevant educational journals

Methods of Course Assessment:

Evaluation will be carried out in accordance with the university policy. The lecturer will present a written course outline with specific evaluation criteria at the beginning of the semester. Evaluation will be based on the following:

Criteria Marks

Individual Works/Tasks 10

Class Tests 10

Class Assignments 10

Final Examination 70


Pre-requisite courses:


Co-requisite course(s):


References/ Further Readings:

Davenport, M. and S. Hannahs (1998). Introducing Phonetics and Phonology. London: Arnold.  

Donwa-Ifode, S. (1995). Basic Phonetics. Port Harcourt: Sunray Books. 

 Essien, O. E. (1990). A Grammar of the Ibibio Language. Ibadan, Nigeria: University Press Limited.  

Fromkin V.; Rodman R. & Hyams, N. (2003). An Introduction to Language (7th ed.) Boston: Heinle. 

Hyman, L. (1975). Phonology: Theory and Analysis. 

 Ladefoged, P. (1993) A Course in Phonetics. (4th ed.). New York: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich

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