UFH English Department



UFH English Department, The Department of English and Comparative Studies offer the following degrees:
•   Bachelors Degree
•   Master of English 
   Doctoral Degree (thesis)
 



UNDERGRADUATE

ENGLISH (ECL)
AEB111F/111L Business English for Management and Commerce Students
Elective/Core: Core
Purpose: To strengthen grammar skills, to understand discourse analysis, to develop   comprehension and critical thinking skills, to develop the research and    composition skills essential for students entering university.
Contents:  Through the assigned textbook, learners are presented with written information and equivalent exercises. The focus of this module is on developing the student’s understanding of the nuances of essay construction, literary analysis and examination preparation.
Instruction:  weekly lecture and double tutorial session.
AEB121F/121L Business English for Management and Commerce Students
Elective/Core: Core
Purpose: To develop oral presentation skills, to understand and design effective advertising material, to compose a curriculum vitae and prepare for a job interview.
Contents:  Through the assigned textbook students learn the necessary skills for written business English.
Prerequisites: Entry into the Foundation programme with the Faculty of Management and       Commerce.
AEB112F/L Business English for Management and Commerce Students
Elective/Core: Core
Purpose: To enable students to develop the English writing skills necessary for success in the field of commerce, to develop an understanding of investigative and evaluative reporting and comprehend the process necessary to complete a detailed, comprehensive report, and to develop the leadership and participatory skills essential for small group communication.
Contents:  Through the assigned textbook students learn the necessary skills for written business English.
Prerequisites: Entry into the Foundation programme with the Faculty of Management and      Commerce.
AEB123F/AEB123L Business English for Management and Commerce Students
Elective/Core: Core
Purpose: To continue in developing students’ English writing skills necessary for success in the field of commerce, and to develop the leadership and participatory skills essential for small group communication.
Contents:  Through the assigned textbook, learners are aided in developing their business English writing and oral communication skills.
Prerequisites: Entry into the Foundation programme with the Faculty of Management and      Commerce.
APR111F/111L Academic Reasoning Skills for Management and Commerce Students
Elective/Core: Core
Purpose:  To enable learners to acquire a sound knowledge of the foundational aspects of basic academic practices and reasoning skills.
Contents:  Learners are provided with reading and research skills; recognition and practice of formal/academic writing; interpretation of meaning — objectivity/subjectivity and ambiguity. Expository lectures, seminar discussions, learner presentations.
APR122F/122L Academic Reasoning Skills
Elective/Core: Core
Purpose:  To enable learners to acquire reading and analytical skills, with emphasis on the ability to construct a logical, coherently written document.
Contents:  Learners are equipped with skills in recognising, evaluating and constructing arguments; reasoning; critical activity, judgement, logic and argument;



BEA111/111E Business English for Accounting Students
Elective/Core: Core
Purpose:  To strengthen grammar skills, to understand discourse analysis, to develop comprehension and critical thinking skills, to develop the research and composition skills essential for students entering university.
Contents:  Learners are provided with a textbook which contains both written information and equivalent exercises for each chapter. The focus of this module is on developing the student’s understanding of the nuances of essay construction, literary analysis and examination preparation.
 
BEA121/121E Business English for Accounting Students
Elective/Core: Core
Purpose:  To enable students to develop the English writing skills necessary for success in the field of accounting, to develop an understanding of investigative and evaluative reporting and comprehend the process necessary to complete a detailed, comprehensive report, and to develop the leadership and participatory skills essential for small group communication.
Contents:  Learners are provided with a textbook that examines the key elements of written business communication.
Prerequisites: Entry into the Foundation programme with the Faculty of Management and Commerce.
BEA211/E Business English for Accounting Students
Elective/Core: Core
Purpose:  To develop oral presentation skills, to understand and design effective advertising material, to compose a curriculum vitae and prepare for a job interview.
Contents:  Learners are provided with a textbook addressing the issues of public speaking and group oral presentations, as well as the correct selection and use of visual displays. Students also learn how to develop their own curriculum vitae and the essential elements of a job interview.

CMP111/111E Professional Communication
Elective/Core: Elective
Purpose:   To enable second, third and/ or final year learners to develop the advanced communication skills in English that they will need for their professional lives. The focus is on public speaking and the use of written English in the business world.
Contents:  Learners are provided with a manual containing key information concerning professional communication in English, encompassing the use of both written and spoken English in the business world. The focus of this module is on practical work.
Prerequisites: Completion of at least 1 year of tertiary study.
CMP121/121E Professional Communication
Elective/Core: Elective
Purpose:   To enable second, third and/ or final year learners to develop the advanced communication skills in English that they will need for their professional lives. The focus is on public speaking and the use of written English in the business world.
Contents:  Learners are provided with a manual containing key information concerning professional communication in English, encompassing the use of both written and spoken English in the business world. The focus of this module is on practical work.
Prerequisites: Completion of at least 1 year of tertiary study.
ECP111/ECP111E English for Career Purposes
Elective/Core: Elective
Purpose: To enable learners to develop the written communication skills necessary for success in the classroom and in the workplace.
Content:  Text is assigned that provides instruction in core business communications, report writing and small groups dynamics.
Instruction:  Weekly lectures and double tutorial sessions
 
ECP122/ ECP122E English for Career Purposes
Elective/Core: Elective
Purpose: To enable learners to develop the written and oral communication skills necessary for success in the classroom and in the workplace.
Content:  Text is assigned that provides instruction in visual literacy, CV and interview preparation as well as various areas of professional communication such as cultural and gender language awareness.
ELS110E English for Law Students
Elective/Core: Core
Purpose:  To enable learners to develop the written communication skills necessary for success in the classroom and in the law environment.
Content:  Text is assigned that provides instruction in critical reading and writing skills with a special emphasis on issues relating to law.
ELS120E English for Law Students 
Elective/Core: Core
Purpose:  To enable learners to develop the written and oral communication skills necessary for success in the classroom and in the law environment.
Content:  Text is assigned that provides instruction in written business communication and report writing, as well as oral communication with attention paid to speech writing and delivery.





ENS111E English for Nursing Students
Elective/Core: Core
Purpose:   To enable learners in the B Cur programme to develop the English writing skills necessary to understand and apply the rules of correct punctuation in written assignments, research and craft longer essays and analyse articles on health care.
Content:    Learners are instructed in summarizing and paraphrasing discovering meanings and definitions, creating narrative, descriptive, expository and comparison and contrast paragraphs.
ENS122E English for Nursing Students
Elective/core:  core
Purpose:   To enable learners in the B Cur programme to develop the written and oral communication skills necessary for a professional health care worker.
Content:    Learners are instructed in the construction of a well-written business letter, development and presentation of individual and group oral communication, process of researching and writing a comprehensive health care report and necessary roles and responsibilities of participants in group activities.
 
ESP111/111E Reading, writing, listening and speaking skills
Elective/Core: Core
Purpose:   To improve learners’ reading, writing, listening and speaking skills in English.
Contents:  Various materials intended to improve learners’ competency in English.
Prerequisites: University entrance
ESP122/122E Reading, writing, listening and speaking skills
Elective/Core:  Core
Purpose:  To improve learners’ reading, writing, listening and speaking skills in English,      building on ESP111/111E.
Contents: Various materials intended to further improve learners’ competency in English.
Prerequisites: University entrance.
APR111/111E Academic Practice and Reasoning Skills
Elective/Core: Compulsory for SDE (without matric exemption/bachelors admission)       students.
Purpose:   To enable SDE learners to acquire a sound knowledge of the foundational aspects of basic academic practices and reasoning skills.
Contents:  Learners are provided with reading and research skills; recognition and practice of formal/academic writing; interpretation of meaning — objectivity/subjectivity and ambiguity. Expository lectures, seminar discussions, learner presentations.
Prerequisites: SDE admission. (without matric exemption/bachelors admission)
APR122/122E Academic practice and reasoning skills
Elective/Core: Compulsory for SDE (without matric exemption/bachelors admission)
Purpose:   To enable SDE learners to acquire reading and analytical skills in addition to those acquired in APR111/111E, with emphasis on the ability to construct a logical, coherently written document.
Contents:  Learners are equipped with skills in recognising, evaluating and constructing arguments; reasoning; critical activity, judgement, logic and argument;
Prerequisites: SDE admission (without matric exemption/bachelors admission).
ECL110/110E Introduction to the Study of Language and Literature
Elective/Core: Core
Purpose:   To introduce learners to what literature and language studies are, and to the basic terminology of both fields of study.
Contents:  a) What language is, its features, the relationship between linguistics and language, and which aspects of language the various branches of linguistics deal with.
     b) A selection of poems, both oral and written, from African and world literature, spanning a wide range of different periods. A textbook designed for first-year learners who have not received intensive exposure to the study of poetry provides information concerning the use of various poetic devices and also offers assistance in developing learners’ capacity to read and write about poetry.
     c) Various appropriate drama or other literary texts.
ECL120/120E Introduction to the Study of Language and Literature
Elective/Core: Core
Purpose:   To introduce learners to what literature and linguistics are, and to the basic terminology of both fields of study, building directly on the first semester’s work in ECL111.
Contents:  a) The learner is introduced to the basics of English sounds, word structure, sentence structure and meaning relations in English.
      b) Methodology for studying poetry, and a short collection of poems written by African and other poets, closely analysed orally in class and in writing.
     c) Various appropriate fiction or other literary texts (chiefly from Africa).
ECL210/210E Intermediate Language and African Literature
Elective/Core: Core
Purpose:   To encourage learners to appreciate the role of orature and poetry in social transformation, introduce learners to advanced linguistic study, and develop learners’ understanding of either African drama or African fiction.
Contents:  a) Tales from Southern Africa, freedom songs from South Africa, speeches by political icons such as Robert Sobukwe and Nelson Mandela, as well as poetry from South Africa;
     b) Sound production and description, the phonology of English sounds and English syllable types;
     c) either i] a study of African drama, dealing with cultural, historical, political and social elements of the African continent, OR ii] a study of several novels by various renowned African writers, together with background information and methodologies for examining these.
Prerequisites: ECL110/110E and ECL120/120E

ECL220/220E Intermediate Language and Historical/Creative Literature
Elective/Core: Core
Purpose:  To introduce learners to detailed morphology and syntax, and to develop learners’ understanding of Shakespearean English literature and other historical literature, or encourage creative writing capacities.
Contents:  a) English word structure and word formation processes as well as the structure of English phrases, clauses and sentences,
     b) various plays and poems from 16th-century England, with background information and systems for analysing these texts,
     c) either i] a series of presentations, written and oral, gradually develops towards the evolution of the learner’s own portfolio of writing, or ii] plays and poetry by Greek and Roman authors, background information on Greek and Roman culture, and methods of understanding the texts concerned,
     or iii] works by Geoffrey Chaucer, together with background information on medieval culture, and methods of analysis together with assistance in understanding Late Middle English.
Prerequisites: ECL110/110E and ECL120/ ECL120E
ECL310/310E Advanced Language and General Literature
Elective/Core: Core.
Purpose:   To expose learners to the complexities of specific forms of poetry, and to show the development of English literature in the eighteenth century, to encourage study of varieties of English according to use and user, English as an international language, the role English plays in South African society, and either to encourage learners to investigate orature as an agent of social transformation (expanding on work already undertaken in ECL210), or to offer learners the opportunity to expand their creative writing skills, or to allow learners to pursue their own interests and develop their research skills, or to study the “African Diaspora” created by the trans-Atlantic slave trade.
Contents:  a) Poems by prominent Neoclassical and Romantic poets, other texts from the relevant genres, background information and methods of analysis’
     b) varieties of English according to use and user, English as an international language, the role English plays in South African society,
     c) either i] Works in translation by Phillis Ntantala, A C Jordan and Randall Peteni, or ii] learners’ own creative work, or iii] learners’ own academic research; or iv] poetry, speeches, short fiction and autobiography by former slaves and their descendents or v) attendance of English for Career Purposes.
Prerequisites: ECL210/210E and ECL220/220E

ECL320/320E Advanced Language, African Literature and Recent or Colonial Literature
Elective/Core: Core
Purpose:   To encourage learners to engage with South African literature in political context, to introduce learners to the study of the nature and structure of conversations in English, and either to expose learners who are familiar with postcolonial literature in Africa to the postcolonial literature of other colonised cultures, or to offer learners to enhance their creative capabilities by working intensively as creative writers, or to investigate the period from the Modernist era to the present, thus bridging the chronological gap in learners’ literary understanding, or independent academic research.
Contents:  a) South African autobiography, music, fiction, sermons and political speeches,
     b) analysis of direct and indirect speech-acts, and the general structure of conversations
     c) either i] various novels and other texts from the LACAAP countries, with background information and methodologies for analysis including post-colonial ideology, or ii] learners to produce their own creative writing in a range of genres, or iii] novels, plays and poems from the 20th century, with background information and some ways of analysing the texts, including philosophical ideas, or iv] learner’s own academic research or v] attendance of English for Career Purposes.
Prerequisites: ECL210/210E and ECL220/ 220E

STAFF

Alice Campus

NameTelephone NumberEmail
Dr MF Blatchford Head Of Department and Lecturer040 602 2199mblatchford@ufh.ac.za
Prof  F Wood Associate Professor040 602 2234fwood@ufh.ac.za
Dr S Moran Senior Lecturer040-602-2596smoran@ufh.ac.za
Mrs C K Formson Lecturer040 602 2261cformson@ufh.ac.za
Ms R Scott Lecturer040 602 2001rscott@ufh.ac.za
Mr T Mndebele Lecturer040 602 2346tmndebele@ufh.ac.za
Ms. R. Dixon Lecturer 040 602 2199mdixon@ufh.ac.za

East London Campus
 

NameTelephone NumberEmail
Prof D Shober Associate Professor043 704 7163dshober@ufh.ac.za
Dr J Mkhize Senior Lecturer 043 704 7305jmkhize@ufh.ac.za 
Dr C M Uwah Lecturer043 704 7292muwah@ufh.ac.za
Ms T Kirton Lecturer043 704 7162tkirton@ufh.ac.za

CONTACT US

For general enquiries email contact the Faculty Manager:



Ms Z Mnguni
New Arts Block, 2nd Floor
Telephone number:
     040 – 602 2242 [Alice  Campus]
     043 – 704 7219 [East London Campus]
Fax number:
     040 – 653 1255
E-mail: zmnguni@ufh.ac.za