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ELS 201.1   Phonetics & Spoken English

The course seeks to develop in the students a basic knowledge of phonetics and spoken English, and the application of these in English communication.  Lectures and exercises will cover general phonetics-articulatory, auditory and acoustic, physiology of speech, classification of speech sounds, sound segments, supra-segments, salient features of educated West African English and target speech form.  Students will be expected to use the language laboratory.

ELS 203.1 English Morphology and Syntax

This course examines English morphological and syntactic processes. Attention will be focused on morphological processes such as inflection and derivation, blending, clipping, acronyms, etc.

ELS 205.1   Understanding Poetry

Basic distinctions between poetry and prose, poetic diction and basic concepts of prosody; kinds of poetry (ballad, sonnet, elegy, narrative, etc), how to scan poetry, and techniques of appreciating a piece of poetry.  All these will be supplemented with readings from the works of established African and English/American poets.


ELS 207.1    Understanding Drama

Understanding the fundamental elements of drama, through a survey of types of dramatic literature: tragedy, comedy, farce etc.  Texts for analysis will be drawn mostly from Europe, America and Africa.


ELS 209.1 Surveys of Epochs in Literature in English

This course is to introduce students to trends and periods in world literature written in English with emphasis on themes, socio-cultural background and use of language. The course will address the notion of Literature in English and the historical and political factors that engender it. It will examine the challenges of Literature in English in the era of globalization.



ELS 211.1 Modern Comedy : Moliere-Soyinka

This course will complement ELS 201.1(Understanding Drama) but examine in some detail the development of modern comedy. In terms of practical discussion, it will focus on a selection of playwrights and texts in this mode from the works of the French playwright Moliere to the comedy of Wole Soynka.


ELS 202.2  Language and Society

An examination of the role of  language as the sine quo non of society, linguistic vs social categories, the grammar of social interaction, Whorfianism; etc. It will linguistic and social variations on the basis of parameters such as age, sex, socio-economic status, and education. Language change, language attitudes, language band identity, language and education, multilingualism will also be briefly introduced. 

ELS 204.2   Oral Literature

Oral literature defined; techniques of study; scope of oral literature; forms of oral literature: praise songs, myths, legends, tales, dirges, proverbs, the epic, traditional dramatic forms, etc.

ELS 206.2   Structure of English

Critical evaluation of traditional and structuralist grammatical descriptions of English; emphasis on the analysis of meaning, structure of the lexicon and sentences under the generative- transformational model, data drawn from British and American English.

ELS 208.2   Varieties of English Usage

An introductory study of varieties of English (regional and social dialects, registers, etc). Emphasis will be placed on word usage, structure and techniques of different registers of English such as legal English, journalistic English, the English of advertising, literary English. The course will be practice oriented, involving analysis and description of texts in British English, American English and English texts written by Nigerians.


ELS 210.2  Understanding Fiction

Introduction to varieties of fiction through studies in short fiction, novella and the novel. Distinctions between varieties of the short story, the novelette as genres before proceeding to full-length novels. Selections will be made from African, European, and American masterpieces.

ELS 212.2 Literature, Popular Culture and the Mass Media

The course will deal with the interface of literature and the institutions of popular, folk culture, festival events, radio, television, newspaper, magazines, music, video, film, computers and the electronic media.


ELS 214.2 Creative Writing

The course seeks to help students develop their own powers of written expression in the English language (one of the aims of the Department). Students who are genuinely keen on exploring and developing a talent they are convinced they have, will find the course particularly useful. 

ELS 216.2 Introduction to Nigerian Literature in English

This course introduces students to the major genres and trends of Nigerian literature in English and the socio-cultural and political conditions that influence it.

ELS 218.2 Studies in European Literature I

Study of an aspect of European literature viewed comparatively as an integrated body of knowledge transcending the frontiers of the various national literatures of the Continent. This course is a prerequisite to ELS 302.1.It will emphasize earlier periods of European Literature such as the Classical, Middle Ages, and the Renaissance., 18th Century, or 19th Century; movements such as Neo-Classicism,

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