The Department of English Language and Literature, as it is called now, took its inception in 1983 as a two-man English Language Teaching Unit along with other units working in the then Department of Pre-medicine, later renamed as the Department of Natural and Social Sciences.

The department also began to run two other programs at different levels. It offered B.ED degree courses to extension and summer students and a diploma course to extension students.

Currently, the department runs programs at various levels:

  • BA in English Language and Literature for regular, summer and distance students
  • MA in TEFL (Regular & summer)
  • MA in Public Relation and Corporate Communication (Regular & summer)
  • MA in Literature (Regular & summer)
  • Certificate in Arbaic Language Training
  • MA in Broadcast Journalism (Ready for 2015/16)
  • PhD in TEFL (Ready for 2015/16)

The department has now reached a high level of performance involving more than thirty (20) qualified instructors with MA degrees and 10 instructors with PhD, in Literature, TEFL and Applied Linguistics and Communication/Development.

There are also over 30 staff members who are pursuing masters and PhD programs. Of these, two members are undertaking their studies at master’s degree level and close to thirty staff members doing their PhD studies. Of the latter staff members, five are working on literature at PhD level.


  • to train English Language professionals for various competencies and occupational purposes;
  • to train middle and high level professionals in English Language and Literature both at undergraduate and post graduate levels;
  • to produce well qualified professional teachers of English language, consultants and researchers.
  • to extend the programs so as to address the need of professionals in various fields in the department
  • to educate qualified public relation and corporate communication professionals.

Mission and Vision 

The Department of English Language and Literature in Jimma University works towards achieving the mission of the country at large and university in particular by producing qualified individuals with the required competence.

Future Plan

Expanding various MA and PhD programs in the department

  •  MA in Applied Linguistics
  •  PhD in Public Relation and Corporate Communication
  •  MA in General Linguistics
  •  MA in Broadcast Journalism (Ready for 2015/16)
  •  PhD in TEFL ((Ready for 2015/16)
  •  PhD in Literature
  •  PhD in General Linguistics
  •  PhD in Applied Linguistics

Management Structure

The department is organized in such a way that the directing positions are asuumed as Head of Department, Course Team Leaders, Department Graduate Committee, Graduate Program Coordinator.

Service offered

  • Offering common courses to all departments of the university
  • Preparing short term trainings on languages and language teachings
  • Engaging in various community services, such as providing manuals, trainers, etc


The research activity at our department is conducted under the umberella of the following grand theme and its sub-themes:

Grand Theme: Language, Communication, Arts and Literary (Cultural) Studies in addressing Developmental and Societal Issues (problems)


 1. The Roles of Language Education and Science:

  • English Language Education and Enhancement of Quality of Education
  • Language Science and Its Applications

2. The Roles of Language Use and Communication in Enhancing Development and addressing societal issues
3. Arts, Literature, Cultural Studies and Holistic Approaches to Developmental and Societal Problems  


Contact Address:
    E-mail: ebateresa@ju.edu.et 
           Tel: +251 471111251