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The core activity of the African Language Studies Department at the University of the Western Cape (UWC) is the teaching of isiXhosa to both mother-tongue speakers (isiXhosa Studies) and non-mother-tongue speakers (isiXhosa Language Acquisition). Beginning in 2007, the Department has also volunteered to offer credit-bearing introductory courses to the Faculties of Pharmacy, Community and Health Sciences, and Dentistry.

The following are the programmes offered to undergraduate students:

Non-mother language speakers (XHA – isiXhosa Language Acquisition)

  • First-year to Third-year


Mother language speakers

First Year modules
  • Linguistic competence
  • Literary and cultural studies

Second Year modules:
  • Linguistic competence
  • Literary and cultural studies
  • Media and Performance Arts Studies

Third-year modules:
  • Linguistic competence
  • Literary and cultural studies
  • Media and Performance Arts Studies

Third year electives:
  • Translation studies 
  • Creative Writing