Languages and Linguistics Unit

Language helps us to communicate our thoughts, maintain our relationships and cultures. It's at the heart of every interaction we have with each other. It plays an important part in family communications, academic activities, to settling global political disputes, and even posting on social media. The Unit offers undergraduate courses in Kiswahili, English language, and communication skills. 



The unit offers courses in Kiswahili, Kiswahili Grammar and Kiswahili Literature courses to undergraduate student teachers. There are also courses such as Kiswahili for beginners to foreigners and methods of teaching Kiswahili as a foreign language.


English Language and Communication Skills

The unit offers undergraduate courses in linguistics, English grammar, phonology and communication skills. The communication skills course equips students with writing, listening, speaking and reading skills.  Courses offered in the Languages and Communication Skills Unit equips our students with a variety of practical and analytical skills which have significant value in the modern world.


Career in Languages

Language skills can lead directly into a career in translating, interpreting or teaching, and are also in demand in areas such as hospitality, law, publishing and business services.  Careers in the diplomatic service and telecommunications also often require an aptitude for languages.


Degree Programme

BA with Education (English and History, English and Geography,  History and Geography)

Languages and Linguistics Unit Staff

Mr. Benson Boniface Kinjofu

Assistant Lecturer in Linguistics


Mr. Benson Boniface Kinjofu is an accomplished academic with a strong foundation in linguistic studies. He obtained his Bachelor of Arts with Education (BA[Ed]) degree from St. Augustine University of Tanzania in the period spanning 2013 to 2016. Subsequently, he pursued his Master of Arts in Linguistics (MAL) at the same institution from 2016 to 2018. Currently, Mr. Kinjofu is an active PhD candidate at the prestigious University of Dar es Salaam, engaged in a rigorous Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) program focused on Linguistics.

Mr. Kinjofu possesses a remarkable expertise in the realm of General Linguistics, spanning multiple languages including English, Kiswahili, and other Bantu Languages. His proficiencies encompass a wide spectrum of linguistic domains such as syntax, morphology, phonetics-phonology, semantics, discourse analysis, pragmatics, translation, and interpretation.

Research Initiatives:

Mr. Kinjofu's scholarly pursuits encompass an array of insightful research endeavors, including:

  1. Thesis Title: "The Realization of the Complementizer Phrase"
  2. Dissertation Title: "Syntactic Analysis of Movement Operations in Sentences: A Government and Binding Approach"
  3. Selected Paper Titles:
    • "The Split of Complementizer Phrase in Kirombo"
    • "Noun Phrase Movement Operation in Kirombo"
    • "Wh-Movement Operations in Kirombo"
    • "Verb Phrase Movement Operations in Kirombo"

Contact Information:

To connect with Mr. Kinjofu or learn more about his research, you can reach out via the following channels:

Ms. Peace Japhece Aligawesa

Assistant Lecturer in Linguistics


Ms. Peace Japhece Aligawesa is a dedicated academic and influential researcher in the field of linguistics. Her academic journey commenced with a Bachelor of Arts with Education degree from Saint Augustine University of Tanzania, where she excelled from 2015 to 2018. Building on her academic prowess, she pursued a Master's Degree in Arts in Linguistics at the esteemed University of Dar es Salaam, attaining her degree from 2019 to 2022. Throughout her academic tenure, her focus was centered on linguistics, delving deeply into the scientific analysis of various facets of human language, including phonetic and phonological nuances, morphological structures, syntactical formations, semantic intricacies, and the vital context of pragmatics.

Ms. Aligawesa not only possesses profound theoretical knowledge but also demonstrates practical proficiency as an academic and research coach, particularly in the realm of pragmatic studies. She possesses a versatile skill set, adept at data collection, meticulous transcription, rigorous analysis of findings, and the adept crafting of comprehensive reports. Her evaluative acumen extends to accurate judgment and skillful editing of both primary and secondary data sources, particularly in qualitative-based research projects.

Currently, Ms. Aligawesa is actively engaged in scholarly work, authoring an illuminating article entitled "The Vibes of Pragmatic Acquisition by Tanzanian English as a Foreign Language (EFL) Learners."

Contact Information:

To connect with Ms. Aligawesa or engage in her scholarly pursuits, you can reach out via the following channels:

  • Physical Address: Marian University College
  • Postal Address: P. O. BOX 47, Pwani - Bagamoyo
  • Mobile Numbers: +255675-874-470 / +255758-339-714
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