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 ELS 301.1   Advanced English Composition

The course aims first, to expose the students to the history and development of the theory of Rhetorical Invention in the Classical, Medieval and Renaissance periods; second, using this theory to familiarize them with the practical principles of effective composition in four major areas: description, narration, exposition, and argumentation.

ELS 303.1   African Poetry

A survey of the evolution of African poetry written by Anglo-phone and Franco-phone writers and an assessment of the achievements of the major poets.  The historical contexts of the poetry of different regions/nations will also be considered.  Emphasis will also be placed on the interrelated questions of the function of poetry and politics in the poetic practices of the major African poets.  Specific volumes of poetry by authors will be used to illustrate salient points.


ELS 305.1   Studies in European Literature II

The course is a continuation of the ELS 211.2. It will examine the middle and later periods in European Literature and examine the dominant movements such as such as Neo-Classicism, Romanticism, Realism, Naturalism or Symbolism. The focus will be on genres such as fiction, drama, poetry or the essay; forms of sub-genres such as tragedy, comedy, irony, satire or the sonnet.

ELS 307.1    Phonology of English

The course surveys the consonant and vowel phonemes and allophonic variations of Standard British/American varieties of English, with special attention to phonological processes, e.g. assimilation, stress, placement roles, etc.  Students are given practice in writing broad and narrow transcriptions of selected texts and in reading English phonetic texts.  Practical exercises and drills are provided in English phonetics and phonology, including word stress, sentence stress, and intonation rhythms.

ELS 309.1   English Language in Nigeria

This course treats the history and development of English in Nigeria and the background and emergence of local varieties.  The case of the evolution of Standard Nigerian English attendant on the first language effect on Nigerian English speakers and diverse issues raised by the use of English in Nigeria will be examined.


ELS 311.1   Discourse Analysis

Examines the way post-structuralist theories inform the literary text.  It employs the terms and methods of linguistics to study choice in language use wherever the grammar allows more than one alternative.  It also seeks to establish and explore the relationships between discourse and style studies, especially how discourse considerations can explain how language users make their choices, and the effects on hearers and readers of those choices, once they are made. There will be a consideration of rhetorical principles and devices.

ELS  313.1 Speech Writing

This is designed to focus more closely on speech writing as a communicative skill.



ELS 302.2   African Novel

Introduction to the African novel as a distinctive genre with its own peculiar formal and pre-occupational features. The emphasis is on the trends and Africanness of the African novel in terms of both theme and style.


ELS 304.2   Research Methods and Thesis Writing

A course on the preparation and presentation of manuscripts, and the use of the tools of research.  Topics include the proper deployment of quotations, documentation of sources and preparation of bibliographies.  Students will be made familiar with standard works of reference in the library, with the use of the library card catalogues, and with the assembly and organization of research material. The process of book making, the means by which a manuscript becomes a printed work, and by which a text is conveyed from writer to reader.


ELS  306.2   Applied English Linguistics

Application of the principles of English linguistics to the practical problems of using English discussion as a means of communicating in expository and narrative writing; discussion of selected topics in English grammar, e.g., sentence construction, concord (subject-verb agreement), government, subordination and coordination; principles of teaching English as a second language.  Practical assignments in composition and grammatical analysis. EST 122.2 (Grammar and Composition) is a prerequisite for this course.


ELS  308.2   Semantics of English

Study of meaning of English, with particular emphasis on denotative and connotative meanings, lexical and grammatical meanings, synonyms, antonyms, paraphrase, contrasts and contradiction, implication in discourse, metaphor and irony; discussion of the relation between syntax and semantics as exemplified by selectional restrictions.

ELS   310.2   African Drama

An introduction to contemporary theatre and drama in Africa.  The contribution of West African dramatists such as Wole Soyinka, Ola Rotimi, John Pepper Clark-Bekederemo, Ama Ata Aidoo and Efua Sutherland and a variety of texts by writers from East and South Africa. The development of different dramatic modes in relation to the social conditions and structures from which they arise.  Dramatic forms are examined in their cultural context and cover a wide range from a highly ‘literary’ type of drama to more ‘popular’ forms.

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