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    Welcome to the Department of Modern European Languages. Our department is blessed with a team of highly motivated, hardworking and well experienced teachers, who are here to implement the departmental programmes and to assist our students in becoming the best of what they should be. Bienvenu(e) Bienvenido Willkommen.

    : . HISTORY



    From the inception of the University in 1992, there had been an urgent need for students in some programmes to take French as an elective. Lecturers in French were available to cater for this need. Thus the programme started offering French language as an elective from 1992/93 to date, to students majoring in English Language and Literatures, African and Asian Languages, History and International Relations, and Mass Communication. During the 1995/96 session, the programme admitted its own students majoring in French. The first batch graduated four years later. Other groups have continued to graduate including the latest graduates of the 2013/2014 session.

    The students choose and study either German or Spanish as elective, in addition to required courses such as Use of English, other GS courses and Computer Science.

    At the end of their second year, the students normally go for the French Language Immersion Programme tenable in either Togo or Badagry, where a francophone environment is available. This programme, otherwise known as the Year-Abroad Programme, takes care of the third year courses of the students as well as provides them with the necessary language immersion experience, at the end of which their first and second semester results are sent to the University through the Head of Department. Finally, the students on their return conclude their final year programme in the Department.




    Welcome to the Department of Modern European Languages! Hardly anyone can imagine communal life and the larger world without the instrument of language, especially spoken language. For the teacher, the business man, diplomat, civil and public servants, etc., credibility is almost entirely anchored on competence in effective communication of ideas and stimulating relationship through the correct use of language. Literature in language learning, for example, is known to be language which embodies the totality of the world view of people in social life, political formation and aspirations, culture and civilization, etc. Studying a foreign language without learning its culture, civilization and literature is therefore a disservice to the language and a great academic and language handicap to the students concerned. I therefore, welcome all students who aspire to learn effective communication to the Department!


    The mission of the Department of Modern European Languages is based on the need to produce modern educated citizens capable of communicating effectively in French, German, Spanish, and other modern European languages being offered in the department. Through such citizens, Nigeria is equipped to participate fully and without any language inhibition in international trade and world peace.


    The vision of the Department of Modern European languages is based on the fact that competence and performance in language defines personality and credibility today, is almost entirely anchored on one´s competence in communicating ideas effectively through the proper use of language.


    Apart from France, Germany, Spain and Latin America, French, German and the Spanish language are spoken in other parts of the world, including Africa. A good number of African countries where these languages are spoken share common interests with Nigeria; for instance, Nigeria has vibrant trade relations with Germany and Equatorial Guinea, where German and Spanish are spoken respectively; and shares common boundaries with a number of French-speaking countries. In addition, French is the second official language of the country. Thus the overriding interest in studying French in Nigeria is to facilitate communication with our French-speaking neighbours. In other words, knowledge of French, German and Spanish enhances our economic, political, social and cultural links with all the countries of the world, where these languages are spoken. The objectives of teaching these languages (French, German and Spanish), therefore, are:

    To prepare students to perform competently anywhere in the spoken and written form of their chosen languages

    To expose them to the culture, civilization, language and literature of their chosen languages

    To prepare them as efficient citizens in whatever career they will find themselves in life

    To prepare those who would like to study these languages up to the doctoral level


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    Admission Requirements

    Four-year Degree Programme (i) The Senior School Certificate (SSC), NECO or the General Certificate of Education (GCE) Ordinary Level, or its equivalent, with credit passes in French and English Languages, plus three (3) other subjects at not more than two (2) sittings. Or (ii) Credit passes in English Language and four other subjects, including preferably, any one of the following subjects: Literature in English, any Nigerian Language, History, Government, Geography at SSC, NECO or GCE O/L or its equivalent at not more than two (2) sittings. Three-year Direct Entry Programme (i) NCE or its equivalent with at least a pass grade in French or in a relevant major language. Or (ii) Two passes at GCE Advanced Level, one of which must be French, and at least three other subjects at ordinary level. Or (iii) Baccalauréat de l’enseignement secondaire for candidates from Francophone countries.  


    POSTGRADUATE DIPLOMA (PGD) A First degree or its equivalent from a recognized university. All candidates must meet the university matriculation requirements. MASTERS OF ARTS (M.A.) - A first degree with a minimum of 2nd class lower division. - A good postgraduate diploma with an FCGPA of 3.00 from a recognized university A candidate with deficiency in some core undergraduate courses may be required to do a postgraduate diploma before going on to the Masters Programme. All candidates must satisfy the university matriculation requirements DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY (PhD) - A good Master’s degree, which includes coursework and research thesis from a recognized university. A candidate with deficiency in some core courses may be required to take remedial courses. All candidates must satisfy the university matriculation requirement


    ENTRY REQUIREMENTS 1. Credit passes in English Language and four other subjects, including preferably, any one of the following subjects: Literature in English, any Nigerian Language, History, Government, Geography at SSC, NECO or GCE O/L or its equivalent at not more than two (2) sittings: OR 2. A complete teachers grade two certificates. OR 3. OND, HND, Degree in any field.

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