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Congratulations and Welcome all our New Academic Year 2020/2021 Students

by Tharaka University College E-learning -
We would like to take this opportunity to congratulate all our First Year 2020/21 students for joining Tharaka University College. Notices regarding your online learning will be regularly posted on this forum.

We know that continuous training is key to ensuring success in your online learning. As per your schedule, we will be having a comprehensive training on E-learning Fundamentals during the week of 21st September 2020 to 25th September 2020 for all successfully registered First Year students. Online teaching and learning will commence immediately thereafter.

More details, online learning tips and guidelines will be continuously provided on our website, social media, SMS and your new institutional account.

We are glad to be here to serve you and ensure effective learning and acquisition of skills as you pursue your dream career at Tharaka University College.

In case of any queries regarding your online learning, feel free to reach out to us via email elearning@tharaka.ac.ke.

Tuei Kevin,
Coordinator, Open Distance and E-learning (ODEL)

Welcome to our new E-learning Portal

by Tharaka University College E-learning -

We are excited to launch our all new E-learning Portal. Search through the categories (programmes) and see the courses (units) you are enrolled(taking). If there is a course you need to enrol to, contact us on elearning@tharaka.ac.ke 



Course categories


Available courses

ENGL 101 -INTRODUCTION TO LANGUAGE AND LINGUISTICS

ENGL 101 -INTRODUCTION TO LANGUAGE AND LINGUISTICS

Course Purpose

The purpose of this course is to expose learners to the main branches of linguistics, the nature and properties of human language, and major writing systems of the world. The course lays the foundation for other advanced courses in the programme.

Expected Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course, the learner is expected to:

·         Explain the properties of human languages

·         Evaluate the theories of the origin of language

·         Identity and explain the branches of linguistics

·         Explain the relationship between linguistics and other disciplines

·         Explain the biological/neural foundations of language

·         Discuss the major writing systems of the world

COURSE CONTENT

WEEK

LECTURE TOPIC

LECTURE OUTLINE

1-2

Introduction

·         Course expectations

·         Definition of terms

·         Properties of Human and non-human language

·         Non-linguistic forms of Communication

·         Animal Communication

 

3-4

Origin and Development of Human Language

·         The Genesis/divine theory

·         Invention theory

·         Other Hypotheses of invention theory     

( assignment)

·         Evolution theory

5-6

Language Universals

 

·         Why language universals exist

·         Approaches to language universals

·         Classification of language universals

·         Importance of language universals

ADMINISTRATION OF CAT 1

7.       

Introduction to Linguistics

·         Definition of terms

·         Linguistics as a science

·         Distinction between descriptive and prescriptive linguistics

8.       

Relationship between Language and other Disciplines

·         Language and sociology

·         Study of language and Geography

·         Language and the brain

9-10

Branches of Linguistics

·         Phonetics

·         Phonology

·         Syntax

·         Semantics and Pragmatics

·         Discourse Analysis

ADMINISTRATION OF CAT 2

11-12

Major Writing systems of the World

·         Abjads/consonant alphabets

·         Alphabets

·         Syllabic Alphabets

·         Syllabaries

·         Semanto-phonetic Systems

·         Other Writing and Communication Systems

13-15

ADMINISTRATION OF END OF SEMESTER EXAMINATION

 

Teaching Methodologies

Lectures, Digital platforms, individual study, group discussions and presentations.

 

Course Assessment

Continuous Assessment Tests 30%, Final Examination 70%, Total 100%