Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences - Department of Languages and Literatures

The Department  has four units namely:

1. Kiswahili Unit

This unit offers Linguistics in Kiswahili, Kiswahili Grammar and Kiswahili Literature courses to undergraduate and postgraduate student teachers. There are also short courses such as Kiswahili for beginners to foreigners and methods of teaching Kiswahili as a foreign language. The unit also offers services like translation, editing and proof reading.


2. Literature Unit

This  unit offers a wide range of courses to undergraduate and postgraduate students. The courses offered include a focus on the main genres of literature i.e. novels, poetry and drama with emphasis on African writers and their works of art. It further provides the students with a background in literary theories and how literature can be applied in society in order to enable critical analysis of the works under scrutiny. Furthermore, an insight into the world of publishing is offered to the students. The unit prides itself in the practical approach to literature which enables the students to apply their knowledge in their teaching careers and as future authors and publishers.


3. French Unit

This unit offers French courses to undergraduate student teachers. The courses offered range from general French communicative competencies covering four language skills:reading, writing, listening and speaking, to translation practice and French literature. The unit also provides services to the public including short French courses for beginners, intermediate and advanced learners as well as other language services such as translation and interpretation. French members of staff are from time to time contracted for a certain period of time by national and international bodies to offer services in their areas of expertise.


4. Linguistics, English and Communication Skills unit

 This unit serves undergraduate and postgraduate student teachers. It offers general linguistics, English grammar, phonology and functions and communication skills. The communication skills course equips students with writing, listening, speaking and reading skills. The unit also offers an intensive English short course to students and non-students. Apart from teaching, the unit provides consultancy services like training, translation, editing and proof reading. It also administers English Language Proficiency Test (ELPT) to the alumni and non-alumni who seek to enrolling the universities abroad

Staff Profiles

Senior Lectures

Staff Name Unit
1. Prof. Amani Lusekelo Linguistics
2. Dr.Devert Goodness Linguistics



Staff Name                             Unit
1. Dr. Rose Mbijima       Kiswahili
2. Dr. Lameck Mpalanzi Kiswahili
3. Dr. Faraja Mwendamseke Kiswahili
4. Dr. Doroth Mosha Kiswahili
5. Dr. Loveluck Philip Muro Linguistics
6. Dr. Rodrick G Ndomba Linguistics
7. Dr. Cosmas Constantine French
8. Dr. Nelius Neckemia French
9. Dr. Edith Bwana Literature
10. Dr. Benedicto Lema Linguistics


Assistant Lecturers

Name Unit
1. Ms. Magreth Kibiki Kiswahili
2. Ms. Lunaisa Kombe Kiswahili
3. Mr. Saul Bichwa Kiswahili
4. Mr. Hadson Msabo Kiswahili
5. Mr. Kuria Mdoe Communication Skills
6. Ms. Fides Pangani Communication Skills
7. Ms. Atupele Dugange Communication Skills
8. Mr. Kapingu Mpologo Communication Skills
9. Ms. Stella Kiula Communication Skills
10. Mr. Jonace Manyasa French
11. Mr. Monday Israel Mwambayeko French
12. Ms. Shukuru Misozi French
13. Ms. Dorcas Mwasunda Literature
14. Mr. John Lameck Literature
15. Mr. Micky Mgeja Jumanne Literature
16. Mr. Yohana Lukinga Literature
17. Ms. Joyce Swila Literature
18. Mr. Yohana Mung'anya Literature
19. Ms. Mtumwa Sultan Literature
20. Mr. Amani Chipalo Linguistics
21. Mr. Elisante Joseph Linguistics
22. Mr. Emmanuel Ilonga Linguistics
23. Mr. Simon Msovela Linguistics
24. Mr. Protas Ezekiel Linguistics


Tutorial Assistants

Name Unit
1. Ms. Fatina Hamidu Chang'a Kiswahili
2. Ms. Caroline Shao French
3. Mr. Sadiki Aplhonce French
4. Mr. Zephania Elias Literature