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In recent years, stakeholders have had cause to complain about the low level of proficiency of Ghanaian students and graduates in English, which is the official language of the country. Although all schools and universities teach English as one of the core subjects, the problem of low proficiency still persists. There have also been complaints about the appropriate language use in relation to politeness and decorum. There is therefore the need for all institutions to train graduates who will be able to use the English language effectively, not only for gaining employment but also for effective communication. This programme provides students with the opportunity to learn the English language, to learn about the language, and also to study many other ways of the use of English to meet their linguistic needs.


The programme will also respond to the expectations of the nation by producing knowledgeable, employable graduates who are well versed in using the English language to communicate at the national and international job marketplace.


Although language and literature will constitute the bulk of the programme, the prospective graduates will be required to pursue it not to the exclusion of studying other things worth knowing. In fact, the programme provides them with the opportunity to acquire at least the rudiments of other areas of knowledge such as Philosophy of Science, Introduction To Logic, Basic Mathematics, Statistics, French, etc, which eventually enable them to build up a useful wider knowledge base.


Thus graduates holding a B.A degree in English from this University College can apply at their places of work, where necessary, not only their specialist knowledge in English language and literature, but also their wider knowledge base to solve divers problems. From this will emerge more adaptable and resourceful graduate English specialists than those who, though equally competent as specialists in the same discipline, may not have even a smattering of other areas of knowledge.


The programme will address the deplorable falling standard in English and ensure that Marshalls graduates in English, particularly those who will opt to teach the subject, become not only conscious of this deficiency, but also commit themselves to remedy it by insisting in their teaching on the constant use of proper forms of standard English.


1. Goal and Objectives of the Programme


a.      The Goal

 The Bachelor of Arts (English) programme aims at producing graduates who are confident and competent in the use of the English language so they can objectively identify and handle various communication challenges in various domains and, or undertake independent research in various fields of study in order to respond to the needs of the nation.


b. The Objectives

The objectives of the programme are to


 i.      equip students with skills in the use of the English language;


 ii.     provide opportunities for students to develop an enlightened approach to analysing literature;


 iii.    equip students with skills necessary for communicating with fluidity at all levels of discourse;


 iv.     help students to critically analyse both written texts and oral discourses;impart to students skills to edit, write reports, summarise and review and


 vi.     enable students to acquire both written and oral communicative skills for effective presentations at seminars, conferences, workshops and training sessions.


2.  Marshalls University College considers it necessary to train specialists in English because Ghana, which uses English as the official language, will always need teachers of English in its many schools, colleges, polytechnics and universities which use this language as the medium of instruction in almost all subjects of the curriculum.


 3. More English specialists in English are needed to help arrest the deterioration of the language into broken English.


 4. Some of the specialists may become literary writers, poets, dramatists, actors, essayists, journalists - people of imagination whom Ghana needs for its  intellectual, cultural and aesthetic development.


 5. Acquiring the knowledge of imaginative literature can put you on the path that may lead you to become a writer.





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