DR. MAFUFull name: Dr. Safari Timothy Mafu
Job title: Senior Lecturer (specializing in Communication studies, Pragmatics, English Grammar, Sociolinguistics); St. John’s University of Tanzania.
Qualifications: Dip. Ed (Morogoro); B ED Hons. (University of Dar es Salaam); Post Graduate in Applied Liguistics (PG-AL – RELC Singapore, M Sc (TESP). Ph.D. (Aston University, U.K.)

Professional Profile
Safari Mafu started his career as Tutor at Tabora Teachers’ College (1979-80). Mkwawa Teachers’ College (1983-1986). He then joined Sokoine University of Agriculture (SUA) as Assistant Lecturer 1987. He worked at SUA for 29 years along the academic career path until he became Senior Lecturer. He held various leadership posts at the Sokoine University of Agriculture: Coordinator, Communication Skills Unit 1988-1997, Head, Department of Social Sciences 2002-2007, Associate Dean, Faculty of Science 2004 – 2007. In 2016 he joined St. John’s University of Tanzania. Currently, he is the Head, Department of English and Communication Studies, St. John’s University from 2017 to-date.

Safari Mafu’s main research interests are students’ academic writing and classroom interaction. He has published widely in the field of students’ academic writing, post-colonial language planning and policy, and computer-assisted problem based learning. He is currently involved in investigating the impact of communication skills courses on improving student communicative abilities.

Courses currently taught at St John’s University of Tanzania

CL111 - Communication Skills I

CL112 - Communication Skills II

LL121 - English Phonemic and Orthographic systems

LL214 - English Structure

LL317 - Pragmatics


  1. Sanga C, Mafu S T A and Komba S (2018) “Informatics Education Enhance by Problem Based Learning Model via E-Learning: Experiences from BSU Project at Sokoine University of Agriculture” in Handbook of Research on Program Development and Assessment Methodology in K-20 Education pp 393-417. ISBN 13-9781522531326. Edited by V. X. Wang. I G I Global Publishers.
  2. Mafu S T A (2003) “Postcolonial Language Planning in Tanzania: What are the Problems and What is the Way Out” in C. Mair (Ed) The Politics of English as World Language: New Horizons in Postcolonial Cultural Studies pp 267 – 278 Rodopi. New York/Amsterdam.


  1. Mafu S T A (2018) Pragmatics – Teaching Compendium for LL 317 - Pragmatics. SJUT. Dodoma, Tanzania. 42pgs.
  2. Sangeda A. Z. And S T A Mafu (2016) A Book of Abstracts: National Conference on Student-Centred Learning – Practice and Experiences. Abstracts of the National Conference on Sudent-Centred Learning held at Sokoine University of Agriculture, Morogoro, Tanzania. 1st – 2nd March 2016.
  3. Mafu S T A. (2003) Introduction to Psychology. A Compendium for Teaching Psychology at Sokoine University of Agriculture. Faculty of Science. SUA, Morogoro, Tanzania. 191 pages.
  4. Mafu S T A and Bakari K (2019) – Improve Your Study Skills: A Teaching Compendium for Communication Skills I – CL111, SJUT. Dodoma, Tanzania. 87 pages.


  1. Gastor M and Mafu S T A (2014) Corpus-based Analysis of Academic Writing Errors by First Year Tanzanian University Students: Cases from UDSM, SUA and TUICO in Journal of Linguistics and Language in Education. Volume 8/2:46-65.
  2. Mafu S T A (2004) “From the Oral Tradition to the Information Era: The Case of Tanzania” in International Journal on Multicultural Studies Vol. 6 No. 1, 2004: 53 – 78 ISSN 1564-4901, www.unseco.org/shs/ijms © UNESCO.
  3. Neke, S M; S T A Mafu and D B Ndoloi (2004) “Revisiting the Inescapable Alliance: A Review of the School Textbooks, Schooling and Ideology” in Papers in Education (PED) No. 24, 2004: pp 25 – 49.
  4. Mafu S T A (2003) “Problems and Prospects of Information Storage, Retrieval and Dissemination in Tanzania with Specific Reference to Internet” In Uongozi: Journal of Management Development. Vol. 15 No.2: pp 189 – 206. Mzumbe University. Morogoro, Tanzania


  1. Mafu S T A (1999) “The Myth of the English Language Vs Knowledge in some of the former British Colonies: the Case of Tanzania” in Conference Proceedings of MAVEN II: pp 26 - 32. Faculty of Arts and Technology, University of Lincoln and Humberside, Lincoln, UK. (8 – 12 September 1999) pp 65 - 74


  1. Mafu S T A (2010) Dialects of English: Teaching Modules for Course LL 215. Mkwawa University College of Education (MUCE). Iringa, Tanzania.
  2. Mafu S T A (2008) English Phonemics and Orthographic Systems: Teaching Modules for Course LL 111. Mkwawa University College of Education (MUCE). Iringa, Tanzania.
  3. Mafu S T A (2008) Connected Speech in English: Teaching Modules for Course LL 113: Mkwawa University College of Education (MUCE). Iringa, Tanzania.
  4. Mafu S T A (2008) Sociolinguistics: Teaching Modules for Course LL 302. Mkwawa University College of Education (MUCE). Iringa, Tanzania.