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The languages department offers courses in English Language, SiSwati and French to prospective teachers who are undergraduate students in the College.


The overall mission of the department of Languages is to promote competence in the three Languages among prospective teachers. Specifically, the prospective teachers receive instruction on subject matter content, teaching methodology, classroom management and planning and conducting of instruction at classroom level. The department therefore prides itself with producing highly competent teachers to enrich the teaching fraternity in Swaziland.


Primary Teachers Diploma (PTD)

The Department offers courses for prospective teachers at primary school level. The teachers of English and SiSwati are trained to teach effectively and meet the acute demand of teachers of English at primary school level in Swaziland.

Secondary Teachers Diploma (STD)

The Department also offers courses to pre-service teachers of English and SiSwati at secondary school level in Swaziland.

Certificate in French

This programme offers prospective teachers with the opportunity to attain competence in a third language.


1. English language

The Department equips prospective teachers with subject matter knowledge, skills in teaching methodology, classroom management so that the can effectively teach the English Language to Swazi students.

Course description

Students shall investigate the linguistic structure, development and growth of language and its varieties and social functions.

Course Content

Literature in English

The Department also offers Literature in English to prospective teachers at STD and PTD levels to train prospective teachers of English at primary and senior secondary school levels on critical thinking skills by exposing them to local and international literature. This will be a brief survey of major literary forms: Drama, Prose and poetry. Students are given the opportunity to engage in critical evaluation and respond to texts.

Course content

SiSwati Language

The Department also offers SiSwati Language and Literature to the prospective teachers to broaden their knowledge of SiSwati grammar. The course aims at increasing prospective teachers’ accuracy and range in speaking, understanding, reading and writing SiSwati so that they may be competent enough to teach effectively at secondary school level.

Course description

The course comprise of two major components: SiSwati content and Curriculum studies.

Course content

SiSwati Curriculum Studies
1. Curriculum studies in Language

2. Curriculum studies in Literature

3. SiSwati Curriculum Studies

Application of methods in language and literature
2. French

The department also offers French to all students. This exposes the prospective teachers to the grammar and culture of
a third language so that they can communicate effectively in the language meet global standards. This course is still at its
teething stage, however it is anticipated that it will be fully functional by August 2010.

3. Academic Communication skills

This department concerns itself with equipping prospective teachers with academic skills so that they attain proficiency
in the language in order to be able to use English in a variety of contexts. This department does not concern itself with
teachers of English but addresses the academic needs of students in all the faculties. The programme entails basic
communication skills in reading, writing, speaking and listening.



Lectures begin

January 2016

Lectures end

April 2016

Examinations begin

April 2016

Examinations end

May 2016


B.S. Tsabedze (HOD)

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Last updated: March, 2016