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School of Languages, Literature and Communication - Makerere University


The School of Languages, Literature and Communication is one of the Schools in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, Makerere University.

The Upper Block of the School of Languages, Literature and Communication

The School has 5 departments, but the former Institute of Languages transformed into three departments: The Department of African Languages, The Department of European and Oriental Languages and the Department of Linguistics, English Language Studies and Communication.

African Languages Department

This Department is headed by Dr Gilbert Gumoshabe

E-mail: gumoshabegilbert@gmail.com or gumoshabe@chuss.mak.ac.ug

The languages taught in the department are Luganda, Runyakitara (i.e. Runyoro-Rutooro and Runyakore-Rukiga), Lwo, and Swahili


The Luganda as a subject was introduced in 1976. The Institute of Languages offers a Bachelor of Arts (Arts) and a Bachelor of Arts (Education) degree in Luganda. Luganda is taught in combination with two other subjects (of one's choice) for a BA (A) degree, and one other subject for a BA (Education). In addition students of Journalism and Communication and Library and Information science opt for this language.

Although the Institute has a decade long experience in teaching Luganda, we still faces great challenges: Luganda is not yet well described and documented; in addition we still lack the digital language resources to facilitate this work.

Job opportunities

Opportunities for possible employment include work as teacher, interpreter and translator, as well as work in media, publishing, social work and administration.

Luganda Subject Coordinator

Contact: Medadi Ssentanda (PhD), Room LB 27, Tel: +256782 333669

E-mail: ssentanda@chuss.mak.ac.ug or medadies@gmail.com



Runyakitara is one of the subjects offered at the Institute of Languages, where it was introduced as a subject in 1990. Runyakitara is a name given to the four major dialects found in Western Uganda namely Runyoro, Rutooro, Runyankore and Rukiga.

Runyakitara is a subject for a Bachelor of Arts Degree. It is offered in a combination with two other subjects.

To offer Runyakitara as a subject was based on the following considerations:

  • Runyakitara is linguistically under-described and lacks language resources in form of written and digital material.,
  • There is a high demand for people being educated in Runyakitara,
  • There is a high demand for educational and other resources written in Runyakitara, such as: textbooks, dictionaries, information and written material for tourists.
Job opportunities

Opportunities for possible employment include work as teacher, interpreter and translator, as well as work in media, publishing, social work and administration.

Runyakitara subject Coordinator

contact: Allen Asiimwe (PhD), LB 27; Phone: +256776846984

E-mail: asiimwea94@gmail.com or a.asiimwe@chuss.mak.ac.ug


Swahili is one of the languages taught int he department of African Languages. For details please contact the ===Subject Coordinator=== Dr Innocent Masengo on Email: kazises@gmail.com or innomase2@chuss.mak.ac.ug Tel. +256772966126.


The Lwo family of languages consists of several dialects like Acholi, Lango, Dhopadhola, Alur and Kumam.

The language family has a large number of speakers not only in Uganda but also in Kenya, Tanzania and Sudan; thus making it an important regional language.

Lwo Subject Coordinator

Ms Jane Alowo, Office LB 35; Phone: +256702507937

Communication Skills

Communication Skills (CSK) is an interdisciplinary course that draws on insights from a number of disciplines in the Arts and Social Sciences like English, Mass Communication, Sociology, Psychology, History, Literature and others to help develop your knowledge on how people communicate.

Communication skills prepares the students for the information age. The students will learn how to acquire, store, manipulate and use information effectively. The students will be equipped with principles that will inform their understanding of varied audiences and enable them to interact effectively with individuals and technologies. They will also learn how to process information using different media and how to create meaning about the world in a broad range of professional contexts. In addition they will acquire the essential communication skills of listening, speaking, reading, writing, as well as critical thinking and analytical skills that are fundamental for all University Courses. A graduate of Communication Skills can be employed in virtually any position in the modern world that depends on information.

With a background in Communication Skills, students can excel in position of marketing, sales, advertising, public relations, development communication, journalism, interactive media, design and production, personnel administration, training, consulting, academics, research and many others.

Graduates of communication skills are therefore trained to work in any organisation that deals with people and requires knowledge of communication and information technology.

Communication Skills Subject Coordinator

Contact: Dr Levis Mugumya, Room UB 15, Tel: +256 772475807

E-mail: lmugumya@gmail.com

English Language Studies(ELS)

English Language Studies (ELS) is one of the subjects offered in the Department of Linguistics, English Language and Communication Skills.

English Language Subject Coordinator

Contact: Justus Turamyomwe, Room LB 12, Tel +256 782962178

E-mail: justomwe@ahoo.co.uk

German Language

The Coordinator for the German Language: William Wagaba (PhD) wwagaba@yahoo.com

French Language

French as a subject is taught at both advanced and Beginner levels.

The Coordinator for French subject is Ms Sarah Kawungeezi.

Centre for Language and Communication Services

The Centre for Language and Communication Services Communication https://clcs.mak.ac.ug/ provides a number of services to a wide range of both local and foreign clients. This Institute draws on the language expertise of its members of staff and professionals to render services. The unit is run by a remarkably Dedicated Projects Management Committee that markets and supervises services in the areas of:

  • Teaching Languages: English, Kiswahilli, Arabic, German, Spanish, French, Chinese, Japanese and local languages, Luganda, Runyakitara, Lwo etc.
  • Translation and Interpretation services
  • Certification for English Language Proficiency

The Coordinator of the Centre for Language is Dr Florence Bayiga