Brief History

            It started as Hausa Department on the 4th of November, 1974. However, with the introduction of Fulfulde courses in 2002, the Department was renamed Nigerian Languages. In December 2004, Fulfulde courses assumed the status of a unit. At present, Hausa is combined with subjects like English, French, Fulfulde, Arabic, Social Studies, Islamic Studies and History. Due to this, it is one of the departments with high population of students in the College.

 The Department also holds a Hausa week once a year as part of its extra-curricula activity. This is aimed at fostering Hausa culture and encouraging Hausa artists to display their various talents. There is also a Hausa Language Association by name Kungiyar Hausa. It takes charge of co-curricular activities, including annual Hausa Week.

            Members of the Department actively attend and hold conferences, seminars and workshops. They also take part in creative writing and wrote books on various aspects of Hausa Language.

PHILOSOPHY

Human activity can be described as educational, for human beings are distinguished by their capacity to learn, and learning is usually co-operative. “Education” can refer both to formal activity within controlled and planned educational institutions, and to the more informal upbringing of children in homes through the mentoring of parents or guardians

Language is the string that binds society together. It also gives meaning to the communal existence of man. The vibrancy of media, academia and the continuity of culture and of cultural apparatus and the transmission of same is intricately linked to the expertise and credibility of the teacher.

The mother tongue of the child is closely related to the child’s growth and development i.e. cultural, psychological, and mental. Teaching and learning in the mother tongue helps in the quicker acquisition, retention, dissemination and use of knowledge in other subjects.

Literature encapsulates the totality of a people’s customs and costumes, manners and mannerism which have crystallized over time and reflects in every facet of their lives which only finds expression in language. Hausa language is both the vehicle of knowledge, world view and the shortest route to a child’s conception and comprehension of concepts.

OBJECTIVES

In addition to the earlier stated general aims and objectives of teaching Languages, teaching Hausa as L1 at the NCE level aims at achieving the following:

i) Equip the student – teachers with the basic skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing the Hausa Language.

ii) Prepare them adequately for the task of teaching the Hausa language at both the Primary and Junior Secondary School level.

iii) Expose the student – teachers to the rich socio-cultural and political lives of the speakers of the language.

iv) Help stimulate their creativity in the Hausa Language.

v) Prepare the students for further studies in Hausa Language.

 ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

i. General

a. A Senior Secondary Certificate (SSC) NECO or GCE ‘O’ level with passes in 4 subjects including English Language, three of which must be at credit level at one sitting or four credits at two sittings. Two of the credits must be relevant to the course the candidate wishes to offer.

b. A Grade II Teachers Certificate (TC II) or Senior Islamic School Certificate (SISC) with credit or merit in three subjects, two of which must be relevant to the course the candidate wishes to offer. One Credit/Merit in English language and/or Mathematics may be required in some courses.

c. For candidates wishing to offer courses in Vocational and Technical education, R.S.A. or City and Guilds Intermediate Certificate coupled with credit/merit in at least four subjects are acceptable qualifications.

d. Associateship Certificate in Education awarded by an approved institution in Nigeria or abroad is also acceptable as qualification.

e. All candidates wishing to be considered for admission must enroll for and write the selection examination organized by an accredited body such as JAMB.

f. Successful candidates in Pre-NCE final examinations who also take and succeed in a selection examination organized by an accredited body are qualified for admission.

g. It should be noted that some colleges may in addition to all of the above, administer their own elimination tests and or interviews for some courses. This is legitimate.

ii. Additional

(a) A credit or merit in Hausa Language at the SSC, WAEC/GCE (O/L) NECO or Teachers Grade II Certificate or SISC plus any other requirements applicable to NCE Programmes. A credit in English language/literature is strongly recommended

(b) Candidates who do not have a credit in the language may be admitted into the one-year preliminary programme, provided they meet the Pre-NCE entry requirements.

(c) Waiver: A pass in mathematics is also acceptable.

Courses offered in the Department

NCE I First Semester

Code Course Title Credit Status
HAUL1 111 History and Development of the Hausa Language 2 C
HAUL1 112 Hausa Grammar 2 C
HAUL1 113 The use of Hausa 1 C
HAUL1 114 Introduction to Hausa Oral and Written Literature 2 C
  TOTAL 7  

NCE I Second Semester

HAUL1 121 Hausa Prose. 2 C
HAUL1 122 Hausa People and their Culture 2 C
HAUL1 123 Methodology of teaching Hausa L1 1 C
HAUL1 124 Introduction to General Linguistics. 2 C
  TOTAL 7  

NCE II First Semester

HAUL1 211 Phonetics/Phonology of Hausa 2 C
HAUL1 212 Methodology of Teaching Hausa L1 1 C
HAUL1 213 Morphology of Hausa 1 C
HAUL1 214 Hausa Syntax 2 C
  TOTAL 6  

NCE II Second Semester

HAUL1 221 Hausa Research Methods 1 C
HAUL1 222 Translation (Theory and Practice) 2 C
HAUL1 223 Hausa Oral Literature 1 C
HAUL1 224 Hausa Occupations and Crafts. 1 E
  TOTAL 5  

NCE III First Semester

EDU 311 Teaching Practice 6 C

NCE III

Second Semester

HAUL1 321 Advanced Hausa Orthography 2 C
HAUL1 322 Hausa Drama 1 C
HAUL1 323 Hausa Poetry 2 C
HAUL1 324 Varieties of Hausa 2 C
  TOTAL 7  

Graduation Requirements

The minimum credits required for graduation are:

General Education = 30 Credit Units

(ii) Teaching Practice = 6 Credit Units

(iii) General Studies = 18 Credit Units

(iv) Hausa = 32 Credit Units

(v) Any other Teaching Subject = 32 Credit Units

Total = 118 Credit Units

COURSE DESCRIPTION

HAUL1 111 HISTORY AND DEVELOPMENT OF THE HAUSA LANGUAGE (2 CREDITS) C

History and evolution of Hausa Language with particular emphasis on the spread of the Language, as well as its lexical enrichment due to language contact. A brief synopsis of the standardization efforts of the use of Hausa in the Media

HAUL1 112 HAUSA GRAMMAR (2 CREDITS) C

Typology and functions of parts of speech e.g. nouns, pronouns, adjectives, verbs, adverbs, particles, determiners, qualifiers, sentences, phrases, clauses, gender and number agreement.

HAUL1 113 THE USE OF HAUSA (1 CREDIT) C

Oral composition and comprehension (utilization of Hausa Language for day to day purposes in and outside the school system)

Orthography of the Hausa Language and punctuation marks.

Written composition and comprehension of topical issues relevant to the society/locality such as politics, religion, education etc.

HAUL1 114 INTRODUCTION TO HAUSA ORAL AND WRITTEN LITERATURE (2 CREDITS) C

Introduction to the various genres of Hausa Literature e.g. Hausa Oral Literature, such as folktales, oral songs. Proverbs and children’s games, as well as Pre and post 19th century written poetry, prose and drama. Also, History of Hausa Oral Literature and the Biography of some famous Hausa Oral Poets shall be covered.

NCE I (100 LEVEL) SECOND SEMESTER

HAUL1 121 HAUSA PROSE (2 CREDITS)C

A comparative study of Hausa prose in respect of form, content and style. Indepth analysis of certain issues/themes of such prose and their relevance to present day Hausa society. Periodic identification of particular works and authors to be selected for study.

HAUL1 122 HAUSA PEOPLE AND THEIR CULTURE (2 CREDIT) C

The course will focus on the socio-cultural aspects of the Hausa people from both the historical as well as contemporary perspectives. Main topics to be covered shall include the Hausa life cycle, social mores and set up, festivities, traditional authority, traditional medicine, as well as marriages, worship, kinship and family life. Efforts shall be made in contrasting the past and the present especially in respect to marriage, family life, child bearing and youth related activities.

HAUL1 123 METHODOLOGY OF TEACHING HAUSA L1 (1 CREDIT) C

An overview of the available syllabus of Hausa Language in the formal school system especially in primary and secondary schools. Basic principles of Hausa L1 teaching/learning. Different strategies for teaching different topics in Hausa (Language literature, culture and translation). Lesson notes/scheme of work /record of work in Hausa Language:- preparation, usage and evaluation.

HAUL1 124 INTRODUCTION TO GENERAL LINGUISTICS (2 CREDITS) C

Definition and nature of language.

Use of Hausa as the source data language to introduce structural aspects of descriptive linguistics such as phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax and semantics.

NCE II (200 LEVEL) FIRST SEMESTER

HAUL1 211 PHONETICS/PHONOLOGY OF HAUSA (2 CREDITS) C

Speech organs. Description of Hausa sounds in terms of place and manner of articulation and stricture. Simple phonological processes such as deletion, assimilation palatalization, labialization, neutralization, Hausa prosodic features, and syllable structure.

HAUL1 212 METHODOLOGY OF TEACHING HAUSA (1 CREDIT) C

Designing, improvising, selecting, adopting and using varieties of teaching aids for effective teaching of Hausa Language, Literature and culture. This shall include the following:

a. Methods of teaching population/family life education including value clarification:

b. Development and Evaluating Teaching materials

Functions, types, construction and administration of appropriate tests in Hausa.

Language Learning Theories:

i) Behaviourist Theories

ii) Cognitive Theories

iii) Language Acquisition device.

HAUL1 213 MORPHOLOGY OF HAUSA (1 CREDIT) C

Definition, typology and classification of Hausa morphemes. Morphological Processes: Affixation, Word formation, Inflectional and derivational morphology.

HAUL1 214 HAUSA SYNTAX (2 CREDITS) C

Hausa verbal and tense system, the Hausa sentence and its constituents. Gender, number and agreement. Simple declarative (kernel), interrogative, imperative as well as relativised sentences

NCE II (200 LEVEL) SECOND SEMESTER

HAUL1 221 HAUSA RESEARCH METHOD (1 CREDIT) C

Nature of Hausa research method.

Areas in need of research

Sources, techniques and methods of data collection and analysis.

Interview, Quationnaire and resource persons.

Project format in Hausa Language.

Biography.

HAUL1 222 TRANSLATION (THEORY AND PRACTICE) (2 CREDITS) C

Techniques of Translation. Practical – Passages for translation shall be extracted from newspapers, magazines, or texts that feature among other topics on:

i. The prevention and control of STD/AIDS

ii. The harmful effects of pesticides and germicides, eg. DDT on animals and human beings.

iii. The consequences of overcrowding, population explosion and bad home management.

iv. Any scientific and technological breakthrough that improves the quality of life of the people.

v. Review of Translated Texts.

vi. Any important and current topic.

HAUL1 223 HAUSA ORAL LITERATURE (1 CREDIT) C

Aspects of Hausa folktales, e.g. Habaici, Kirari, kacici-kacici, Karin Magana, Hiƙaya, Zambo, Saye, Adon Harshe, etc.

Hausa Oral songs:

i. Work songs e.g. Waƙoƙin dabe, noma, niƙa, daka, etc.

ii. Children’s Songs:- Waƙoƙin gaɗa da na biki da na wasanni na maza da mata

iii. Praise Songs:- (waƙoƙin makaɗa): Emphasis on their forms, functions and typology.

HAUL1 224 HAUSA OCCUPATIONS AND CRAFTS (1 CREDITS) E

A contrastive study of Hausa Traditional and Modern Occupations, especially in respect of the effects of modern science/technology on traditional/technological occupations. Gender and age based occupations (both contemporary and traditional). There shall be one week excursion to enable students see physically for themselves, various types of Hausa crafts.

HAUL1 323 HAUSA POETRY (2 CREDITS) C

A comparative study of 19th and 20th century Hausa poems in respect of form, content and style. Indepth study/analysis of certain issues/themes of such poems and their relevance to present day Hausa society. Periodic indentification of particular works and authors to be selected for study

HAUL1 324 VARIETIES OF HAUSA (2 CREDITS) C

Analysis and typological description of Hausa regional and social dialects and registers. Causal factors: The evolution and standardization of the dialect of common use (standard Hausa)

Members of Staff in the Department

SNNAMES QUALIFICATIONS Rank
1Haj. Hadiza Salihu Koko N.C.E., B.A.(ED) M.ED, MA (Hausa) C/Lecturer
2 Yusuf Ladan S. NCE, BA Ed, MA S/Lecturer
3Abubakar B. Sanyinna Dip., B.A, MA .(Hausa) S/Lecturer
4Abubakar M. Maishanu N.C.E., B.A.(Hausa) Lecturer I
5Fatima A. Bagudo BA, MA, PGDE P/L 13
6Haj. Maryam T Tambuwal N.C.E., B.A., M.A. (Hausa S/Lecturer
7Abubakar M. Baza B.A, MA.(Hausa) GDE  S/Lecturer
8Abubakar D. Illela B.A.(ED), MA Hausa P/Lecturer
9Shehu Aliyu Jabo N.C.E. B.A.(ED) Hausa Lecturer I
10Alh. Gandi Asara N.C.E. B.A ED, MA Hausa P/ Lecturer
11Sani Ibrahim S. B.A.(Hausa) GDE S/Lecturer
12Dr. Nura Bello A. NCE, BA Ed, MA, PhD S/Lecturer
13Muhammad A. Bazar BA, MA, GDE S/Lecturer
14Nana Ibrahim NCE, BA Ed Lecturer I
15Shafa M. Tsoho NCE, BA , MA Lecturer I
16Tukur Mode S. NCE, BA Ed, MA S/Lecturer
17Abubakar M. Balle DiP, BA, MA Lecturer I
18Asma’u Balarabe NCE, BA Ed, MA Lecturer I
19Hauwa Salihu BA, PGDE Lecturer I
20Nafisa M. Gada BA Lecturer I
21Mukhtar Mustafa DiP, BA Ed Lecturer II
22Marym Tahir Jidda NCE, BA Ed, M Ed Lecturer II
23Hadiza Salmanu NCE, BA Ed Lecturer I
24Usman Buhari S DiP, BA, MA, PDE S/Lecturer
25Aisha Yahaya T NCE, BA Ed Lecturer II
26Dr. Abdullah Yunusa BA, MA, PhD, PDE Lecturer I
27Badamasi Altine Kasarawa BA Ed A/Lecturer  
28Nuradeen Abubakar BA Ed L II  
29Dauda El-Ladan Halimatu BA Ed S/L 12
30A Abubakar Yahuza BA Ed L II 09
31Amiru Alh. Ibrahim BA, MA L II 09
32Hajara Usman Sa’ad BA, PDE A/L 08
33Sadiya Abdullahi BA Ed L II 09
34Shamsuddeen Ismaila BA, MA L II 09
35Buhari Lawali BA Ed L I 11
36Anas Umar BA Ed A/L 08
37Abubakar D/Hajo BA A/L 08