DEPARTMENT OF ENGLISH AND COMMUNICATION STUDIES
Department of English and Communication Studies (DECS) is one of the 5 departments in the Faculty of Humanities and Education at St John’s University of Tanzania in Dodoma. The Department offers two types of courses: Linguistics and English courses. Secondly, the Department also offers Communication Skills courses to all undergraduate across all Faculties/Schools in Semester 1 (CL111) and Semester 2 (CL112). Communication skills courses are also offered to non-degree students (pursuing Certificate and diploma courses in various fields such as nursing, pharmacy, law and business administration). In addition, the Department has English Resource Centre (ERC).
The Centre offers short courses in English, Professional English for specific groups which need such courses. Additionally, the Centre conducts English Language Testing Services (ELTS) to graduate and postgraduate students and members of the public who need the Test for various reasons such as when applying for further studies in other universities within the country and abroad or for job placement.
The Department currently has six members of staff who are specialized in different fields of the English language, linguistics and communication skills. The members of the Department are: Prof. Casmir S Rubagumya, Dr. Safari T Mafu, Ms Rehema Mbogo, Mr. Innocent John, Mr. Kiyumbu Bakari and Mr. Peter Juma.
Prof. Casmir Rubagumya
Full name: Prof. Casmir M. Rubagumya Job title: Professor of Linguistics (specializing in sociolinguistics and language in education); St. John’s University of Tanzania. Qualifications: Dip. Ed (Dar es Salaam Teachers’ College); B.A. (Ed.) Hons. (University of Dar es Salaam); M.A., Ph.D. (Lancaster University, U.K.) Professional ProfileCasmir Rubagumya started his career as a secondary school teacher. He taught English at Tabora Girls’ Secondary School in Tanzania for six years (1973-1979). He then joined the University of Dar es Salaam in 1982 as a Tutorial Assistant. He worked at the University of Dar es Salaam for 26 years along the academic...
Dr. Safari Timothy Mafu
Full name: Dr. Safari Timothy MafuJob 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 ProfileSafari 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...
Ms Rehema Mbogo
Full name: Ms Rehema MbogoJob title: Assistant Lecturer (specializing in English language grammar); St. John’s University of Tanzania.Qualifications: MA Linguistics (UDOM), (B A Ed) (UDSM), Diploma in Education, (MARANGU TTC) Professional Profile2004 – 2006 Secondary School Teacher, Malechela Secondary School, Kilombero, Morogoro2006 – 2008 Secondary School Teacher, Enaboishu Secondary School, Arusha2008 – To date St John’s University of Tanzania, Dodoma Courses currently taught at St John’s University of TanzaniaLL111 – English Language Basic Skills and Practice LL330 - Introduction to Translation Theory and Practice LL390 – Writing Project
Mr. Kiyumbu Bakari
Full name: Mr. Kiyumbu BakariJob title: Assistant Lecturer (specializing in communication studies); St. John’s University of Tanzania.Qualifications: B. A. (Ed Hons,), MA Linguistics (UDOM) Professional ProfileKiyumbu Bakari started his career as a secondary school teacher. He taught English Language at Mawelewele Secondary School in Tanzania for six years (2011-2016). He then joined St. John’s University of Tanzania in October 2016 to-date as an Assistant Lecturer. He is currently involved in the project Language Supportive Teaching and Textbook (LSTT) in Tanzania as one of the researchers. This project focuses on language supportive pedagogy aimed at helping learners to cope with a...
Mr. Innocent John
Full name: Mr. Innocent JohnJob title: Assistant Lecturer (specializing in Literature). St. John’s University of Tanzania.Qualifications: B. A (Ed.), University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. MA (Literature) University of Dar es Salaam Courses currently taught at St John’s University of Tanzania LT110 - Introduction to Literature in English and to the Literary TheoriesLT111 - Christian LiteratureLT211 - African LiteratureLT311 - DramaLT312 - Poetry Professional Profile2009-2010 Teacher, Mbezi Inn Secondary School and Liberty High School2010-2013 Tutorial Assistant. St. John’s University of Tanzania.2014-To-date Assistant Lecturer. St. John’s University of Tanzania.
Mr. Peter Juma
Full name: Mr. Peter Juma Job title: Assistant Lecturer (specializing in Communication Studies, English Language Grammar and Sociolinguistics); St. John’s University of Tanzania. Qualifications: B. A (Ed) (UDSM, MA Linguistics (UDSM) Courses currently taught at St John’s University of Tanzania Communication Skills courses to Certificate, Diploma and Undergraduate Students Professional profile 2014 – 2017 TA SJUT 2017 – To-date Assistant Lecturer SJUT