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LINGUIST List 23.3432

Wed Aug 15 2012

Diss: Nilo-Saharan/ Language Acquisition/ English: Wasajja: 'The English Language Communicative Needs...'

Editor for this issue: Lili Xia <lxialinguistlist.org>

Date: 14-Aug-2012
From: Prince Wasajja <nzewasajjagmail.com>
Subject: The English Language Communicative Needs among International Students: A case of Kampala University
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Institution: Kampala University
Program: Department of English Language and Literature Education
Dissertation Status: Completed
Degree Date: 2011

Author: Prince James Wasajja

Dissertation Title: The English Language Communicative Needs among
International Students: A case of Kampala University

Linguistic Field(s): Language Acquisition

Subject Language(s): English (eng)

Language Family(ies): Nilo-Saharan

Dissertation Director(s):
Dr. Ayoub Sekitto
Prof. A Byaruhanga Akiiki

Dissertation Abstract:

English language learning, teaching and communication has been, and by all indications will continue to be, an
important part of Uganda's reform and modernization. In order to contribute empirical data to the English Language
importance to International students in Uganda education, this study investigated the English language communicative needs of Kampala University International students by investigating their targeted needs in the courses offered at the University. The language situation at two Kampala University Ggaba, Main Campus and Mutundwe Campus which were the centre of this study, revealed the need for international students whose first or second languages is not English, to have a high level of proficiency in the English language since they study in English when they come to Uganda.

Questionnaires were selected as the best means of investigating the study. The sample population, selected from the
two campuses of Gaba and Mutundwe, focused on international students of Kampala University who were admitted
on different courses including Education, Business Studies, Information Technology and Language studies. The data
collected revealed that most respondents felt the impact of English Language inefficiency was greatly affecting their
general academic performance. The results also confirmed that the Kenyan respondents' experience with the English
language was slightly better than the Rwandan respondents. The participants appreciated the communication skills unit offered as a common unit to Pre-University students but requested that it become a common unit to all courses offered in the University. The study resulted into a recommendation to the University to cater for the special group of
international students with considerable English communicative needs.
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