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Department of African Languages and Literature


Dr Eventhough Ndlovu

PhD Lingusitics (UFS), MA African languages and literature (UZ), BA Hons. Ndebele (UZ),

Research interests: Language planning, policy, management, lexicography, interpreting and socio – linguistics


Chairperson's Welcome
We are delighted you are visiting our page. We are one of the largest Departments in the University and country with 17 lecturers specialising in various fields. We are actively involved in diverse academic activities and community service and pride ourselves in our massive accomplishments.
To prospective undergraduate and postgraduate students, you will undoubtedly be studying with a dynamic and reputable Department.
To fellow researchers: why not consider collaborating with us in our wide-range and diverse areas of expertise, participate in our planned and scheduled conferences and workshops and contribute to our on-going book projects?

About the Department
The Department of African Languages and Literature came into being in 1960. By combining the established disciplines of linguistics, applied linguistics, language practice, cultural studies and studies on indigenous knowledge systems, a new platform for the training of language, literary, cultural practitioners in Zimbabwe was inaugurated. The major mandate of the Department is to teach, research and offer community service and consultancy from the viewpoint of African languages, literature, culture, ethos and indigenous knowledge systems in a myriad of ways that relate to the areas of expertise of its members of staff. The Department offers wide-range of consultancy services, which include second language instruction, translation, interpreting and editing services, pre- and in-service training of various language practitioners and advising on language and cultural policy directions and options as well as curriculum development in the afore-said areas of expertise. Students in our Department receive a training opportunity that does not exist elsewhere in this format. Our courses afford students the opportunity to hone their language, literary, translation, interpreting, editing, writing and cultural skills and acquire the necessary ability to work with technological language systems. It involves education and training in:

o Translation
o Interpreting
o Editing
o Lexicography
o Terminography
o Literature
o Human Language Technology
o Language planning, policy and management
o Linguistics
o Music and culture
o Gender studies
o Creative Writing and performance
o Teaching African languages as L2
o Cultural studies
o Onomastics
o Indigenous Knowledge Systems

One of the strengths of the Department is its close association with the African Languages research institute (ALRI) a self-sustaining entity created in 2000. This link creates a variety of opportunities for students in the Department to get hands-on exposure to the field of lexicography, terminography, language research and documentation as well as corpus linguistics and language practice. The many exciting projects of the institute provide members and students of the Department the opportunity to participate in research projects, community service and scholarly engagement. The lecturers themselves are responsible for a component of original research, teaching, community engagement and consultancy in their areas of expertise.

To be (and be recognised by others as) a leading Department working for the development, revitalisation, documentation, promotion, maintenance, preservation, safeguarding, teaching, and use of African languages, literature, culture and indigenous knowledge systems - all of which form a critical in/tangible heritage in Zimbabwe and beyond.
Enabling our clients, customers and stakeholders to make meaningful contributions to sustainable development in Zimbabwe from the viewpoint of African languages, literature, culture, ethos and indigenous knowledge systems. To this end, we provide high quality education, research, community engagement, training and consultancy on a broad range of language-related services, literature, cultural and indigenous knowledge systems on a needs oriented basis.

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