Diploma in General Linguistics

Diploma in General Linguistics is intended to equip learners with competencies to become professional linguists, enter professions that build on linguistic knowledge or pursue further training that requires a background in linguistics.

Philosophy of the Programme

In a world of global activities Linguistics plays a central role in all areas of society. It is the basis for many professions that have to do with communication such as Language Teaching, Translation, Language Analysis for the purpose of Orthography Creation, Language Structure Analysis and Dictionary Production, as well as Literacy Activities and the production of school materials, etc. It plays a role in the media and helps in the social and economic development across languages and culture through literature production. Moreover, adequate cross cultural communication spoken and written aid in human relations at all levels as well as in peace development and reconciliation. The Diploma in General Linguistics therefore provides a good background study for a number of professions and further studies for BA, MA and PhD.

Linguistics also makes it possible to make modern as well as ancient literature understood. It is thus central in Bible Translation and in the interpretation of scriptures in church. It aids in making the meaning of the biblical texts be interpreted adequately and faithfully and in the transfer of that meaning in the receptor languages in the process of Bible translation.

Modes of Delivery

There are two modes of Delivery possible:

The programme adopts a synchronous mode of delivery where the lecturer and the students are expected to be physically present together in a defined location at a specific time. Students will have access to local and visiting lecturers and to the library resources. There will be a combination of lectures, seminars, presentations, tutorials and case studies. Resources and materials provided for students will include lecture notes and references for further reading in books, professional journals, publication, articles and websites. Students will also be given additional work to complete outside of scheduled classes. For each hour of scheduled classes, the student is expected to put in two hours of preparation time. The programme is delivered in course units (one course is referred to as a unit) with a total of 24 courses with 72 credit hours. Classes are usually held at AIU’s main campus in Karen on week days and on extension sites as required.

Most of the courses can also be delivered by facilitators through an E-Learning programme. Only a few are facilitated in a class room situation with the lecturers and the students present. This mode makes a prior training in E-Learning necessary.

Electives

All students take 2 electives for 6 credits hours. These may be from any department in the university. Students are encouraged to take courses which are relevant to their career goals, but in the spirit of a liberal arts education, they are also encouraged to take courses which interest them for whatever reason. A number of LT department courses are available for electives for those students who are interested.

YEAR ONE

Semester One 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Semester Two

Unit Code

Unit Name

Hours

Unit Code

Unit Name

Hours

DUC 110

Foundations for Life and Ministry

3

DUC 121D

Introduction to Computer

3

DUC 112

Library Science and Information Competence

3

DLTL 124

Ethnographic Methods

 

3

DUC

Life Skills

2

UC 121

College English and Writing

3

DLTC 110

Introduction to Language and Linguistics

3

DLTC 125

Introduction to Phonology

3

DLTC 114

Introduction to Phonetics 

3

DLTC 122

Semantics

  3

DLTC 111

Introduction to Morphology and Syntax 1

3

DLTC 123

Sociolinguistics

3

DUC 111

Bible Interpretation and Study Methods      

3

 

 

 

 

 

21

 

 

18

 YEAR TWO

 Semester One

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Semester Two

Unit Code

Unit Name

Hours

Unit Code

Unit Name

Hours

DLTC 210

Morphology and Syntax 2

3

DLTL 220

Linguistic Project

3

DLTL 211

Historical Linguistics

 3

DLTL 221

 Lexicography

3

DLTC 213

Discourse Analysis

 3

DLTC 222

 Introduction to statistics for Linguists

3

 ELECTIVE

ELECTIVE

DLTC 214

Research Design and Methods for Linguists

3

DLTL 223

 Leadership for Linguists

3

DTLC 212

Pragmatics

3

DLTL 222

 African Language Structure 

3

 

 

15

 

 

15