Since the English Language plays a multiplicity of roles in Nigeria, a good grounding in it is essential for anyone who has gone through a degree programme in a Department of English. It is for this reason that our students in this Department are exposed to every aspect of the study of the English Language (phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics and Literature, i.e. English and African Literature in English).
The Programme in English Language and Literary Studies is intended to produce very high calibre personnel in all aspects of English Language and Literature. This is in consonance with the Vision of Covenant University with regard to raising a new generation of leaders in Nigeria and beyond. It is expected that products of the Programme will satisfy the needs for placement in the academia, the mass media, the corporate world and, indeed, all other fields where a high degree of proficiency in English Language is required. The Programme has two components. A student can specialize in either the language option or the literature alternative as earlier stated. In each of the options, there is a combination of theoretical issues and practical applications.
The French Language has, since the 18th century, the Age of Enlightenment, been considered a language of diplomacy and international relations. The ability to use the language has consequently come to be regarded as a hallmark of the well-educated man. Indeed, French is one of the two most extensively used languages in the world; it is a language of the humanities and of science and technology. The B.A. (Honours) Degree Programme in French studies will help to produce a crop of Nigerians and other Africans not only capable of building the much-needed bridges between the Anglophone and Francophone countries of West Africa (and Africa as a whole); more specifically of filling our nation’s communicative needs in such organizations as the OAU, AU, ECA, ECOWAS, UN, etc., but also of undertaking meaningful academic research over time, in diverse areas of French studies and thus putting Nigeria on the international map of French studies.
The Department therefore aligns its Programmes with the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and Vision 20-2020 in the following ways:
- Course compacts are developed and synchronized in such a way that they would enable students to tackle the language problems of 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 poverty reduction 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 proposal, feasibility studies, etc, presented in specific and appropriate styles.
- 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 to ensure corporate success.
So far, 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.