Major : English Language Literature

Minor : French Language Literature

Summary of Courses

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Structure and Degree Requirements for Graduation

In order for AUCA student to graduate with the degree of Bachelor of Education with English, he/she should complete the requirements as outlined in the table above and as described below.

General Education Courses

For the general education courses, check the section of general education requirements for more details.

Core (Professional) Courses

For the core (professional) courses, check the section of core (professional) courses of the Faculty of Education.


List of Major (Concentration) Courses in English

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List of Minor Courses in French for English Major students

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ENGL 126 The Structure of English Language 2 credits

The course involves a detailed study of selected areas of English grammar and usage. It will cover topics as infinitives and clauses; adverbials, prepositional phrases, the verb and its completion, the complex noun phrase, adjuncts, disjuncts and conjuncts; coordination and apposition, in their practical usage in the English language. The course will also pay attention to some grammatical categories such as number, tense, aspect, mood, etc.

ENGL 127 Introduction to the Literary Genres 2 credits

Introduction to major genres of literature such as orature (oral literature), prose fiction (the novel and short story), biography, autobiography, drama and poetry from various cultures and epochs of the world. Course texts will be selected from works by a cross section of authors.

ENGL 117 An Introduction to the Phonetics and Phonology of English 2 credits

This course gives a broad definition of phonetics and phonology and the differences between the two disciplines. It focuses on articulatory phonetics and the technical terms required for the description and classification of speech sounds, speech production mechanisms and speech sound symbols. It also deals with the manner in which vowels and consonants are produced and the parameters used in their description. The main thrust of the course is on the application of phonetic science to the teaching of proper pronunciation. Practical exercises in phonetic transcription and articulation will be emphasized. Familiarity with the IPA chart and the IPA system of transcription is stressed.

ENGL 225 History of English Language 2 credits

This course is an enquiry into the origins, development, and spread of the English language. It looks at the major periods of English development namely Old English, Middle English and Modern English. Major topics to be examined will include source and nature of English vocabulary, discrepancy between spelling and pronunciation, the spread of English to the world, varieties of English to the world, varieties of English such as British, American, Canadian, West African, Australian and New Zealand. Other topics will include English as an international language, English as a global language, the future of English and Standard English.

ENGL 214 Stylistics and Literary Techniques 3 credits

Different approaches to the criticism of Literature, technical devices of literary art, imaginative use of language in Literature and varieties of creative experiments; evaluation of current theories in stylistic analysis and interpretation.

ENGL 226 Genres of Oral Literature 2 credits

Classification of oral literature material into sub-genres, in depth examination of the sub-genres such as folktales, myths, legends, epics, songs, chants, oral poetry, proverbs, riddles etc. Fieldwork in the study of orator, short fieldwork trips to study/research on Rwanda’s oral literature in performance; a final written report by the students on the field excursion is a requirement.

ENGL 315 Poetry 2 credits

The creative use of language in poetry within its oral context; advantages and disadvantages of poetry in print; special categories of poetry like the sonnet, religious, love, social, political, private and public; the role of poetry in African communities; global sample of some poets to be studied.

ENGL 316 Prose Fiction 2 credits

A study of the basic generic characteristics of prose fiction including the novel and the short story; various types of novels and short stories; analysis of sample novels and short stories across regions and cultures of the world.

ENGL 324 Theory and Methods in Oral Literature 2 credits

A methodological approach to the study and teaching of Oral Literature; structural, psychological, ethical, religious and sociological approaches; the cultural forces that give rise to oral creativity and presentation of folkloric material.

ENGL 317 Evolution of Literary Theory 2 credits

A systematic exploration of the growth and development theory within a historical perspective; examinationof major literary theories/movements in relation to the creative experiments and socio-historical circumstances to which they were trying to respond.

ENGL 325 Research and Creative Writing 2 credits

An exploration of the creative process through a practical approach, categories of creative writing compositions, research for/in creative writing; an original final project in any of the genres of creative writing developed under the supervision of the course lecturer to be submitted by each student.

ENGL 326 Introduction to Theatre Arts 2 credits

Introduction to the rudiments of stage theatre: training the natural talent, the geography of the stage, identifying a suitable play for performance, improvisation in the theatre, acting (auditioning, casting, rehearsing the play), and basics of play directing; as part of final assessment students select a play and perform.

ENGL 327 Children’s Literature 3 credits

Focus on theories of children’s literature, studies on children’s literature, children literary interests in both oral and written literature, and aspects of children’s literature including themes, characterization, language and style, illustrations and general presentation of children in of children’s texts.

ENGL 416 Modern World Prose 2 credits

Major writers and significant literary movements in the 20th Century to the contemporary period are focused on; texts are selected from authors like Laurence, Foster, Joyce, Conrad, Baldwin, Ellison, Faulkner, Hemingway, Achebe, Soyinka, Orwell, Fitzgerald, Huxley, Koeztler, Golding, etc. for study.

ENGL 417 Theory and History of the Theatre 2 credits

Examines the stages through which modern theatre has evolved from the Greco-Roman beginnings through the middle ages and Renaissance period to the 20th Century; theatre in the modern period of irresolution; contemporary experimental theatre, texts sampled across the epochs.

ENGL 328 English Literature 2 credits

This course is a survey of English literature from Beowulf through the renaissance, the restoration and the romantic periods. It employs a variety of critical perspectives to explore the poetry, prose and drama of such influential figures as Chaucer, Shakespeare, Donne, Milton, Dryden, Pope, Swift, Blake, Wordsworth, Coleridge, Shelley, and Keats.

ENGL 319 African–American Literature 2 credits

A wide sampling of African-American writing from slave narratives to contemporary prose fiction, drama and poetry; authors such as Du Bois, Dunbar, Baraka, Whitley, Huston, Wright, Baldwin, Morrison, Walker, Maya, Hunsberry, Hughes, etc. are studied.

ENGL 421 Research Project (Memoire) 6 credits

This course deals with a research problem in the area of English that a student develops while taking classes at AUCA. The problem is approved by the Faculty of Education. After approval, the student writes the introduction, reviews the literature related to the topic, writes the methodology in which the student shows how the data will be collected, collects the data, analyzes and interprets results and then gives appropriate conclusions and recommendations. This course is taken towards the end of the study.

SMTE 318 Special Methodology of Teaching English 2 credits

This course deals with methods of teaching English in the secondary schools. Concepts such as teaching strategies, teaching and learning materials (use of charts, images, life experiences, etc.) are discussed. Under the leadership of the main teacher in this course, students are expected to design a lesson plan of English and all the teaching and learning materials that illustrate the lesson. Micro teachings or onsite teaching could be organized by the teacher.