Welcome to Stellenbosch University

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Department of African Language​​​s

Our programmes afford students the opportunity to do specialised study within the framework of internationally recognised theories, and to explore current practical situations and practice of African languages of which best solutions are informed by theoretically based insights. 

The postgraduate programme offering includes the following specialisations: 

  • ​Literature 
  • Linguistics 
  • Communication studies 
  • Literacy, language learning and teaching 

The Honours programme in African Languages entails the study of five coursework modules and the ​ Master's programme in African Languages entails a 100% thesis or coursework and a 50% thesis or a research assignment. 

​The Honours and Master's programmes in African Languages for Professional Contexts​ are coursework programmes that entail specialised study in a range of linguistic fields essential to language practitioners in the government sector and private sector, who are responsible for advancing the status and promoting the use of the African languages in professional contexts. These fields include language planning and policy, communication and discourse analysis, and text and genre analysis. ​

All our programmes are suitable for international students. They may be taken full-time or part-time.​ ​​



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