Chiluwa Innocent E.
Professor B.A., M.A., PhD
Languages and General Studies
Languages and General Studies
I warmly welcome you to the Department of Languages and General Studies, Covenant University, Ota, Ogun State, Nigeria. The Department is dedicated to teaching, learning and research. We drive excellence and prepare our students for greater challenges beyond the classroom. Indisputably, language is the hub of any human society, which keeps the wheels of communication and national cohesion rolling; indispensable to social interaction; and central to service delivery in all sectors of the economy, information and communication technology inclusive. It is therefore clear that national development and language are like Siamese twins – really inseparable!
The Department runs both English & French Language Programmes. The English language is sine qua non to our whole national life, enumerating its current socio-political roles. It is a medium of skills and knowledge acquisition in Nigeria. These roles then justify the concerted efforts by all stakeholders to bolster its teaching and learning in Nigerian schools, including Covenant University. Conversant with Nigeria’s foreign relations, diplomacy and the need for foreign languages in certain sectors of the economy, the Department offers French at the undergraduate level. We have a broad curriculum and active pedagogy. Apart from the core English Language Courses, the Department teaches writing courses across numerous genres including fiction and non-fiction. There are media courses too, a fact which indicates our commitment to the University’s mandate to encourage active interdisciplinary trainings and collaborations.
Since its inception, the Department has turned out a number of students, who today are highflying individuals in their various careers within and beyond the shores of this country. It is exciting to know that our students are now exploring and traversing entirely different academic endeavours from their first degree such as Communication, Criminology, Sociology, Public Relations, Advertising, Education, and Sociology. Their outstanding performances and exemplary work attitudes cannot be severed from their root – Covenant University. There is a high demand for our current students in various industries, namely insurance, marketing and communication for vacation jobs or industrial training, which usually become permanent after graduation. The Department has been able to maintain a healthy relationship with several industries over the years.
The excellent performances of our students, both past and present, would have been a mirage without the world-class expertise and professionalism of faculty members. The Department is replete with astute academics at all cadres. We have 3 Professors, 6 Doctors of Philosophy and upcoming scholars. One of our lecturers is presently in Germany on the prestigious Alexander von Humboldt Post-doctoral Fellowship; another is preparing to leave for the Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistantship Programme in New York while some other faculty members are working assiduously on proposals for different fellowships, grants, linkages and collaborations. We have as well built foreign linkages. For instance, Dr.Iyunolu Osagie, an Associate Professor of Literature and playwright from Pennsylvania State University, United States of America, was a Visiting Lecturer to the Department this year; her play, The Shield, was staged by students of the Department.
The Department is well-equipped to run English and Foreign Language Programmes. We have a modern and functional Language Laboratory and state of the art teaching equipment. Our classes are moderate in terms of number of students per class. Academic progress and success of our students are equally well-monitored. Thus, there is mutual lecturer-student relationship and sound mentorship.
On the basis of all these, hands are always on deck; we do press forward and evaluate our performances often times as we keep the flag flying. In case you have questions, please contact me or any of our faculty members.
The Department started off in the 2002/2003 session as the Department of Language and Literary Studies with 8 students. It was merged with the Department of French at the end of the 2008/2009 session. Thus, the Department now runs 2 programmes: English and French.
To be a leading Department that is committed to increasing the Literacy level of Nigerians, Africans and the world in general.
To produce solution providers that will empower the teaming illiterate populace of the world through the instrumentality of literacy advocacy across the various strata of the society.
Philosophy and Objectives
The philosophy of the Department is to expose all the students to all aspects of both languages. The Department therefore aligns its programmes with the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and Vision 2020 in the following ways:
- Course compacts are developed and synchronized in such a way that would enable students to tackle language problems in developing countries such as Nigeria.
- Students are equipped with adequate oral and written skills in English and French.
- Since the ultimate aim of the MDGs is reduction of poverty and maximal benefit from the global economy, students are taught to be self-reliant with a strong sense of entrepreneurship, particularly through the packaging of proposals, feasibility studies, etc, presented in specific styles and appropriate language.
- By the year 2020, Nigeria plans to be one of the 20 leading global economies. On this platform, this Department provides the opportunity and facilities for students to acquire proficiency in communication so that corporate success is ensured.
- This is evident in our students’ outstanding competence and performance in their careers. Our sound teaching of English and French caters for all the above. Thus, we realize that to attain all these in Nigeria, language education is indispensable.
Research & Development
- A Mini-Dictionary of the Professions, Covenant University Central Research Committee 2007till now.
- Course compacts and notes are effectively prepared using the most current sources around the world available in our Centre for Learning Resources where students have access to electronic learning resources from every corner of the campus. Lecture delivery is of highest standards, adequately in line with best practices. Specifically, teaching methods/strategies include guided instructions with ICT- based teaching aids (multimedia projector/power points); interactive sessions, tutorials, seminars, presentations and group work/projects.
Linkages and Collaborations
- The Department has also been having some Creative Writing Classes for the students. Prominent names such as Dr. Sola Fosudo and others have visited the University to give students first hand information on writing creatively and play-acting and we intend to keep it up throughout the session as this will properly equip our students for the world of work and fire up their entrepreneurial spirit.
- There is a collective research effort geared towards the actualization of the Departmental Lexicon project. This proposed Departmental Lexicon project is expected to fill the gap created by the decline in Government Trade Centres as the Department will produce primers, other relevant materials and guidance on how artisans in the community can benefit from the University.
- Dr I. Osagie of Pennsylvania State University is also facilitating a book based on the research interests identified by members of the Department of Languages (Language Policies and Globalization/ French Language Acquisition/Cultural Translation/ Gender/ Literature and Society). The suggested topic is:
To be qualified for admission to the B.A. English Programme, a candidate must have obtained O/Level, SSCE/GCE/NECO credit level passes in five (5) subjects, including English Language, Literature-in-English, Mathematics and two (2) other subjects in social sciences or arts. The five (5) credit passes must have been obtained at not more than two (2) sittings.
The candidate must also sit for the current JAMB Examinations and obtain the prescribed cut-off marks in the relevant subjects.
In addition, the candidate must appear for and pass the screening exercise conducted by Covenant University for all candidates.