Research Papers/Topics in English And International Studies

Efficacy Of Remedial Teaching And Influence On Performance Of Learners In English Language In Primary Schools In Nakuru County, Kenya

ABSTRACTThis study investigated the relationship between remedial teaching in English languageand influence on performance of learners in public primary schools. The purpose of thisstudy, therefore, was to explore the linkage between remedial lessons in Englishlanguage and pupils’ performance. The study sought to ascertain if there were anysignificant differences before and after the remedial teaching in English language inpupils’ performance, the basis for the remedial lessons in E...

An Investigation Of The Relationship Between Ethnography And Implicature: A Case Study Of Shona Funeral Gatherings

ABSTRACTThis dissertation is an exploration of the relationship that exists between ethnography andimplicature by combining the two theories, with the Shona (Zezuru dialect) funeral gatheringbeing the case study. The study will analyse utterances made during Shona culture funeralgatherings looking at the linguistic use by investigating how culture influences it to generateimplicature through non observance of Grice conversational maxims. Ethnography ofcommunication and conversational implicat...

Women And Subjugation: An Evaluation Of Feminist Rhetoric In Selected Novels By Mary Karooro Okurut, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Unity Dow, Elieshi Lema And Kaleni Hiyalwa

ABSTRACTThis study is an examination of feminist rhetoric in selected novels by African women fiction writers namely The Official Wife by Mary Karooro Okurut, Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, The Screaming of the Innocent by Unity Dow, Parched Earth by Elieshi Lema and Meekulu’s Children by Kaleni Hiyalwa. The focus was to evaluate women fiction writers’ perspectives on social, economic and political subjugation of women and how they employ persuasive tools in their writing to...

Role Of Code Switching As A Communicative Strategy Between Outapi Residents And Public Officials

ABSTRACTThis study focused on the role of code switching between English and Oshiwambo in Outapi. Outapi is a rural town in the northern part of Namibia. Its residents are exposed to a variety of languages such as Portuguese, Otjiherero, Silozi, English and Oshiwambo. Oshiwambo is spoken and used by the majority of people in Outapi the language of the majority. Residents whose English proficiency is limited, but are able to communicate in Oshiwambo, used Oshiwambo to communicate. The problem ...

A Linguistic Analysis Of Discursive Strategies Employed In The Harambee Prosperity Plan (Hpp) Policy Document

ABSTRACTThis study analysed the linguistic devices employed in The Harambee Prosperity Plan (HPP) document which was launched in 2016. The study aimed to explore the discursive ways in which the devices were employed to persuade readers. It employed the Critical Discourse Analysis (CDA) approach and the Systemic Functional Linguistic theory to analyse the linguistic devices. Various linguistic devices are employed in the policy document, however, the researcher selected five (emotive, imperat...

Shakespeare And Superstition: A Study Of How Shakespeare Uses Superstition And Visions In Macbeth And Julius Caesar

ABSTRACTThis thesis is a critical analysis of the use of superstition in some selected plays by William Shakespeare. The main purpose of the study was to analyse how Shakespeare uses superstition and visions in the two selected plays, Macbeth and Julius Caesar to structure his plays. The study investigated the consequences that befell the main characters for following or ignoring superstition. The two plays were selected using purposive sampling and were analysed using the content analysis me...

Literary Representations Of Stigmatisation And Myths Surrounding Death In The Novels The Purple Violet Of Oshaantu By Neshani Andreas And The Other Presence By Francis Sifiso Nyathi

ABSTRACTThis research study is an analysis of literary representation of stigmas and myths associated with death in the two selected novels, namely: The Purple Violet of Oshaantu by Neshani Andreas and The Other Presence by Francis Sifiso Nyathi. The two novels analysed in this research project were selected because they both emphasised on the theme of death. The thesis used The Social Dominance Theory to analyse the impacts that stigmas and myths associated with death usually have on the vic...

An Exploration Of Afropolitanism In Taiye Selasi’s Ghana Must Go And Chimamanda Adichie’s Americanah

ABSTRACTThis study is an exploration of the representation of Afropolitanism in Taiye Selasi’s debut novel Ghana must go (2013), and Chimamanda Adichie’s novel Americanah (2013). The purpose of the study was to explore Afropolitanism using Selasi’s (2005) essay Who is an Afropolitan? as a benchmark. Selasi blends the words Africa and cosmopolitan in her essay, Who is an Afropolitan? which discusses the fashion, dance style, and nationality of the Afropolitan, but not themes in literatur...

The Role Of English For Specific Purposes In Enhancing Workplace Literacies For Graduates Employed In The Commercial Sector In Windhoe

iiABSTRACTContemporary tertiary institutions and workplace organisations face a raft of challenges in coping with competing demands and rapidly changing environments. Today’s challenging economic situation indicates that it is no longer sufficient for a new graduate to have knowledge of an academic subject; increasingly it is necessary for students to gain those language competencies and literacies which will enhance their productivity and prospects of employment after completing an ESP cou...

Conflicts Of Living In Two Worlds As Portrayed By Obi In No Longer At Ease And Farai In Chairman Of Fools

ABSTRACTThis thesis investigated the inner- and interpersonal conflicts caused by living in two different geographical worlds, as well as two different metaphysical worlds as manifested mainly by Obi in No longer at ease but also in Farai in Chairman of fools. The purpose of the study was to explore how African authors depict characters that are affected by these aforementioned conflicting worlds. In addition, the study aimed to examine the way in which two different African authors from two ...

A Rhetorical Analysis Of First Inaugural Addresses Of Samora Machel, Robert Mugabe, Sam Nujoma And Nelson Mandela

ABSTRACTThis study provides a rhetorical analysis of four inaugural addresses delivered by Samora Machel, Robert Mugabe, Sam Nujoma and Nelson Mandela during their inauguration ceremony as the first presidents in Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Namibia and South Africa, respectively. The aim of the study was to examine how the four speakers employed the three canons of rhetoric, namely invention, arrangement and style to persuade the audience. The study is the first of its kind in the countries mention...

Exploring Apartheid And The Erasure Of An African’s Identity: A Critical Analysis Of Athol Fugard’s ‘Sizwe Bansi Is Dead’ And ‘Master Harold And The Boys

AbstractThis study critically examines how apartheid and the erasure of an African’s identity are presented in ‘Master Harold’ …and the Boys and ‘Sizwe Bansi is Dead’. Purposive sampling was employed since the selected plays addressed the themes of apartheid and the erasure of the African’s identity which is the main focus of this study. The study used qualitative research design as it is based on data expressed in the form of words, descriptions, accounts, opinions and feelings...

The Consolidation Of Africa’s Contemporary Democratic Dispensation: The case Of Ghana And Cote D’Ivoire

ABSTRACT The study measured the extent of democratic consolidation through the spectrum of constitutional reforms, elections and the independence of the electoral commission, institutional structures, constitutionalism and rule of law, civil society organisations, freedom of the media, electoral violence, ethnicity and sub-regionalism, socio-economic challenges, corruption, security-sector challenges, and the role of the international community. It did a comparative analysis of the ...


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