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Department of African Languages


Being able to communicate effectively, efficiently and appropriately in one or more of the indigenous African languages, and/or knowledge of multi- and cross-cultural communication, are highly sought after skills in the public as well as in the private sector. Having conversational skills in at least one of the 11 official African languages of the country will help you to handle the communicative situation with much more ease and self-confidence. One or more of the African languages are excellent in combination with any other subject and will add value to any field of study.

The modules that we offer in the department of African Languages can be included in a wide variety of academic programmes, and are not restricted to students within the Faculty of Humanities. In our department, we cater for everyone, from absolute beginners to mother tongue speakers of the language, from first up to third year level. The medium of instruction is aligned with the target group of each module. We offer courses in:

  • IsiZulu and Sepedi

                        - for beginners

                        - as first or second additional language

                        - as home language

  • IsiNdebele as home language


In the courses for beginners, we strive towards a balanced approach, providing students not only with grammatical knowledge, but also with basic conversational skills. In our modules aimed at home language speakers, a thorough grounding in grammar and literature is provided.