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School of Languages, Literature and Communication - Makerere University

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The School of Languages, Literature and Communication is part of Makerere University.

The School of Languages, Literature and Communication

The School has 5 Departments, but from the former Institute of Languages transformed into three Departments: The Department of African Languages; The Department of European and Oriental Languages and the Department of Linguistics, English Language Studies and Communication.

African Languages Deparment

This Department is headed by Dr Jackson K. Mukasa

E-mail: jkmukasa@gmail.com

The languages taught in this Department are Luganda, Runyakitara (i.e. Runyoro-Rutooro and Runyakore-Rukiga), Lwo, and Swahili


The Luganda as a subject was introduced in 1976. The Institute of Languages offers a Bachelor of Arts (Arts) and Bachelor of Arts (Education) degree in Luganda. Luganda is taught in combination with two other subjects (of one's choice) for a BA (A) degree and one other subject for a BA (Education). In addition students of Journalism and Communication and Library and Information science opt for this language.

Although the Institute has a decade long experience in teaching Luganda we still face great challenges. Luganda is still not satisfactorily studied, digital language resources are very limited and overall Luganda is not yet well described and documented.

Job opportunities

Opportunities for possible employment include education, interpretation and translation, the media, publishing, social work and administration.

Luganda Subject Coordinator

Contact: Medadi Ssentanda (PhD), Room LB 27, Tel: +256782 333669

E-mail: ssentanda@chuss.mak.ac.ug or medadies@mail.com



Runyakitara which was started in 1990, is one of the subjects offered at the Institute of Languages. Runyakitara is a name given to the four major dialects found in Western Uganda namely Runyoro, Rutooro, Runyankore and Rukiga. Runyakitara is a language subject for a Bachelor of Arts Degree. It is offered in a combination with two other subjects. To offer Runyakitara as a subject is based on the following considerations:

  • Runyakitara is linguistically under-described and lacks language resources in form of written and digital material.,
  • There is a high demand on people being educated in Runyakitara,
  • There is a high demand for educational and other resources in Runyakitara, such as: textbooks, dictionaries, information and written material for tourists.
Job opportunities

Opportunities for possible employment include education, interpretation and translation, the media, publishing, social work and administration.

Runyakitara subject Coordinator

Contact: User: Gilbert Gumoshabe, Room LB 26, Tel +256 772708639 and Allen Asiimwe (PhD), LB 27; Phone: +256776846984

E-mail: akanyima@yahoo.com or a.asiimwe@arts.mak.ac.ug


Swahili is one of the languages taught int he department of African Languages. For details please contact the ===Subject Coordinator=== Prof Ruth Mukama on Email: ruthmukamag@chuss.mak.ac.ug


The Lwo family of languages consists of several dialects like Acholi, Lango, Dhopadhola, Alur and Kumam.

The language family has a large number of speakers not only in Uganda but also in Kenya, Tanzania and Sudan; thus making it an important regional language.

Lwo Subject Coordinator

Ms Jane Alowo, Office LB 35; Phone: +256702507937

Communication Skills

Communication Skills (CSK) is an interdisciplinary course that draws on insights from a number of disciplines in the Arts and Social Sciences like English, Mass Communication, Sociology, Psychology, History, Literature and others to help develop your knowledge on how people communicate.

Communication skills prepares the students for the information age. The students will learn how to acquire, store, manipulate and use information effectively. The students will be equipped with principles that will inform their understanding of varied audiences and enable them to interact effectively with individuals and technologies. They will also learn how to process information using different media and how to create meaning about the world in a broad range of professional contexts. In addition they will acquire the essential communication skills of listening, speaking, reading, writing, as well as critical thinking and analytical skills that are fundamental for all University Courses. A graduate of Communication Skills can be employed in virtually any position in the modern world that depends on information.

With a background in Communication Skills, students can excel in position of marketing, sales, advertising, public relations, development communication, journalism, interactive media, design and production, personnel administration, training, consulting, academics, research and many others.

Graduates of communication skills are therefore trained to work in any organisation that deals with people and requires knowledge of communication and information technology.

Communication Skills Suject Coordinator

Contact: Dr Levis Mugumya, Room UB 15, Tel: +256 772475807

E-mail: lmugumya@gmail.com

English Language Studies(ELS)


English Language Studies (ELS) is one of the subjects offered in the Department of Linguistics, English Language and Communication Skills.

English Language Subject Coordinator

Contact: Jackson Ssekiryango, Room LB 12, Tel +256 782962178

E-mail: jssekir@yahoo.com or ssekirya@arts.mak.ac.ug

German Language

The Coordinator for the German Language: William Wagaba (PhD) wwagaba@yahoo.com

French Language

-more soon-

Centre for Language and Communication Services

The Centre for Language and Communication Services Communication provides since a number of services to a wide range of both local and foreign clients. This Institute draws on the language expertise of its members of staff and professionals to render services. The unit is run by a remarkably Dedicated Projects Management Committee that markets and supervises services in the areas of:

  • Teaching Languages: English, Kiswahilli, Arabic, German, Spanish, French, Chinese, Japanese and local languages, Luganda, Runyakitara, Lwo etc.
  • Translation and Interpretation services