Dean School of Humanities and Social Sciences

PROF. GEOFFREY MOKUA MAROKO

Associate Professor, Department of Linguistics and Languages

Dean, School of Humanities and Social Sciences

Academic Qualifications

PhD in Applied Linguistics from Kenyatta University, 2008                       

M.A  in English and Linguistics from Kenyatta University, 2000

B.A in English and Literature (Second Class Hons. Upper Division) from Kenyatta University, 1996                             

KCSE Certificate (C+), Gusii Highlights High School, 1990

KCPE Certificate (59/72 Points), Morako Primary School, Nyamira 1985

Professional Qualifications

Certificate of Accomplishment in Action Research from PASGR, May 1-4, 2017.

Certificate of Accomplishment in Social Network Analysis from PASGR, April 26-29, 2017.

Certificate of Accomplishment in Advanced Research Design from PASGR, October 26 – November 5, 2016

Certificate in Teaching Methodology course from Kenyatta University’s Centre for Teaching Excellence & Evaluation, 2013                                             

Certificate in Internal Auditor Course (Auditing Quality Management System based on ISO) from SGS Kenya Ltd, February 2008

 Academic Positions

Associate Professor, Dept of Linguistics and Languages, Machakos University, August 2018 to Present.

Senior Lecturer, Dept of Linguistics and Languages, Machakos University, May. 2015 to August 2018.

Lecturer, Department of English and Linguistics,   Kenyatta University, Feb. 2009 to May. 2015.

Tutorial Fellow, Department of English and Linguistics, Kenyatta University, Sept. 2004 to Feb. 2009.

Tutorial Fellow, Department of Communication Skills, Kenyatta University Aug. 2002 – Sept., 2004.

Tutorial Fellow, Department of English, Catholic University of Eastern Africa May 2000 – August 2002.

Untrained teacher of English and Literature at Nyambaria High School Aug. 1996 to Sept. 1997.

Administrative Positions

Dean, School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Machakos University, April 2017 – Present.

Research Officer, Machakos University, January 2016 – April 2017.

Deputy Director, Accommodation Services Directorate, Kenyatta University, November 28th 2013 – August 2015.

Warden, Kenyatta University, Ruiru Campus, February 17, 2011 – November 28th 2013.

ISO Coordinator, Department of English and Linguistics, Kenyatta University, February 2006 – August 2015.

Curriculum Coordinator, Department of English and Linguistics, Kenyatta University, 2006 – 2015.

Acting Chairperson, Department of English and Linguistics, Kenyatta University, October 7, 2013 – October 11, 2013

Acting Director, Accommodation Services Directorate, Kenyatta University, October 15, 2012 –  Dec 24, 2012

Acting Chairperson, Department of English and Linguistics, Kenyatta University, Sept 17, 2012 – Sept 18, 2012

Acting Chairperson, Department of English and Linguistics, Kenyatta University, August 20, 2012 – Aug 24, 2012

Acting Deputy Dean of Students, Ruiru Campus, Kenyatta University, May to July 2nd 2012

 On-Going Projects

A Situational Analysis of Intervention Measures in the Management of HIV/Aids Prevalence in Kisii County. Funded by Machakos University.

Impact of postgraduate training on the Quality of Research Outputs in selected Universities in Kenya. Funded by National Research Fund, Kenya.

 Selected Publications

Itumo, J.M., Nandelenga, H.S., Maroko, M.G. (2018). Different Voicing Patterns Between British English and Kenyan English Plosives. The University of Nairobi Journal of Language and Linguistics, Vol. 7 (2018), 1-22. https://www.researchgate.net/publication/330324680_DIFFERENT_VOICING_PATTERNS_BETWEEN_BRITISH_ENGLISH_AND_KENYAN_ENGLISH_PLOSIVES

Malandi, A.B. and Maroko, M.G. (2018). A Genre Analysis of the Scholarly Electronic Mail: Implications for Pedagogy. Applied Research on English Language, Vol. 7(3), 291-306. http://are.ui.ac.ir/article_23133_24265a304bd493115fe0565491c11071.pdf

Mwangi, G.; Maroko, M.G.; Nthiga, P.M. (2017). An Evaluation of the treatment of application letters and reports in core Kenyan form three English Course Books. Journal of applied linguistics and language research, Vol. 4, No. 8, 168-182. http://www.jallr.com/index.php/JALLR/article/view/721

Mostert, A; Lisney, B; Maroko, M.G & Kaschula, R.H. (2017). From technauriture to cultauriture: Developing a coherent digitization paradigm for enhancing cultural impact. International Journal of Society, Culture and Language, Vol. 5, No. 2, 37-48. http://www.ijscl.net/article_26650.html

Itumo, J.M; Maroko, M.G & Nandelenga, H.S. (2017). Kenyan English Monophthongs: An  Element Theory Approach. Journal of applied linguistics and language research, Vol. 4, No. 3, 131-149. https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Joshua_Itumo/publication/316675267_Kenyan_English_Monophthongs_An_Element_Theory_Approach/links/590b9ffd458515b7c61e2d09/Kenyan-English-Monophthongs-An-Element-Theory-Approach.pdf

Maroko, G.M. (2016). Uncovering cloze testing practices in selected practice papers for primary  schools in Kenya. Journal of applied linguistics and language research, Vol. 3, No. 4, 121-134. http://ir.mksu.ac.ke/bitstream/handle/123456780/124/319-955-1-PB.pdf?sequence=1&isAllowed=y

Maroko, G.M. & Morara, J.N. (2016). Lexical change: Naming of the months of the year in Ekegusii. Journal of applied linguistics and language research, Vol. 3, No. 6, 30-45. http://ir.mksu.ac.ke/bitstream/handle/123456780/2070/386-1156-1-PB.pdf?sequence=1&isAllowed=y

Maroko, G.M & Kiai, A.W. (2014). Tense usage in selected humanities and science dissertations. A Journal on Education, Applied Linguistics and Curriculum & Instruction, Vol. 2, No. 2: 54-85. http://ir.mksu.ac.ke/bitstream/handle/123456780/124/319-955-1-PB.pdf?sequence=1&isAllowed=y

Maroko, G. M. (2013). Learning about author positioning in written academic discourse. Argentinian Journal of Applied Linguistics, Vol. 1 No. 2, 47 – 60. http://www.faapi.org.ar/ajal/issues/102/AJALVol1(2).pdf#page=48

Maroko, G. M. (2013). Development of language materials for national development: A language management perspective. International Journal of Education and Research, Vol. 1, No. 7, 225 – 239.  https://ir-library.ku.ac.ke/bitstream/handle/123456789/8827/Development%20of%20language%20materials….pdf?sequence=3

Maroko, G. M. (2013). Citation practices in selected science and humanities dissertations: Implications for teaching. American Journal of Educational Research, Vol. 1, No. 4, 126-136. https://ir-library.ku.ac.ke/bitstream/handle/123456789/18218/Citation%20practices%20in%20selected%20science%20and%20humanities.pdf?sequence=1

Kiai, A.W & Maroko, G.M (2013). Textbook selection experiences among secondary school  teachers of English in Kenya. International Journal of Education and Research Vol. 1, No. 12, 1-16. http://ww.ijern.com/journal/December-2013/12.pdf

Komenda, S., Maroko, G. M., Ndung’u, R.  (2013). The morphophonemics of vowel compensatory lengthening in Ekegusii. International Journal of Education and Research, Vol. 1, No. 9, 137 – 151. http://ir.mksu.ac.ke/bitstream/handle/123456780/131/The%20Morphophonemics%20of%20Vowel%20Compensatory….pdf?sequence=1&isAllowed=y

Maroko, G. M. (2010b). The authentic materials approach in the teaching of functional  writing in the classroom.  In Reinhelt, R. (ed).  The new decade and (2nd) FL Teaching:  The initial phase.  Rudolf Reinelt Research Laboratory, EU Matsuyama, Japan, p. 71 – 87. http://web.iess.ehime-u.ac.jp/raineruto2/5%20Geoffrey%20M%20Maroko.pdf

Selected Paper Presentations in Conferences

Maroko, M.G. (May 2018): Youth Employability: Fostering University-Industry Links in Curriculum Design. Presented at the School of Education Conference, Tangaza University College in May 28th-30th, 2018.

Maroko M.G. (April 2018): Sustainable Development Goals: Windows of opportunity for applied linguists? Presented at the First International Conference of Machakos University between April 17-19 2018 at Machakos University Hotel and Conference Centre.

Maroko M.G. (April 2018): The Communication Skills Course: What skills and for which future? Presented at the First International Conference of Machakos University between April 17-19 2018 at Machakos University Hotel and Conference Centre.

Maroko. M.G. (September 2, 2016). Fading mothertongues as languages of instruction in lower  primary school in Kenya: The case of EkeGusii. Presented during a SEREK Conference on Politics and Education in the 21st Century at Machakos University College.

Maroko. M.G. (September 1, 2016). An evaluation of the treatment of the curriculum vitae in  approved course textbooks for secondary schools in Kenya. Presented during a SEREK Conference on Politcs and Education in the 21st Century at Machakos University College.

Maroko, M.G. (April 17, 2015). Uncovering cloze testing practices in selected KCPE revision  papers. Presented in the English for Effective Conference held at the Strathmore University on 16th and 17th April 2015.

Maroko M. G. (September 13, 2013). Institutionalising trilingualism in Kenya: A language  management perspective. Presented during the 3rd International Language Management Symposium held at the Charles University,Prague-Czech Republic between 13-14 September 2013.

Maroko M. G. (June 29, 2013). Language materials for national development: A language  management perspective. Presented during the 2nd Annual International Conference on Challenges of Development in Africa held at the Catholic University of Eastern Africa, Nairobi-Kenya between 25 -29 June 2013.

Maroko M. G. (November 1, 2011). Citation practices in selected M.A and M.Sc theses in  Kenyan Public Universities: Managing unwritten norms and beliefs. Presented during the 2nd International Language Management Symposium held at Waseda University, Tokyo-Japan between 1-2 October 2011.

Maroko M. G. (September 25, 2011). An appraisal of the sources of language input in selected  English lessons by teacher trainees in Kenya. Presented during the 6th International conference on Foreign Language Teaching and Research held at Ehime University, Matsuyama, Japan between 24-25 September, 2011.

Maroko M. G. (October 10, 2010).  Rhetorical structure and reader expectations in the moves  of the Master’s thesis. Presented during a thesis writing workshop for graduate students at the Institute of Social Ministry, Tangaza University College.

Maroko, M. G. (September 25, 2010).  The authentic materials approach in the teaching of  functional writing in the classroom. Presented via Skype during the 5th International conference on Foreign Language Teaching and Research held at Ehime University, Matsuyama, Japan.

Maroko, M. G. (July 22, 2010).  Options of author-representation in selected theses: Implications for EAP instruction. Presented during an International conference on Multlingualism Education co-hosted by Kenyatta University and the University of Pennsylvania, USA.

Maroko, M. G. (September 27, 2009).  Reflections on the genre-based approach to the teaching  of thesis writing. Presented via Skype during the 4th International conference on Foreign Language Teaching and Research held at Ehime University, Matsuyama, Japan.

Maroko, M. G. (July 9, 2009). The authentic materials approach to the teaching of functional  writing during an International conference on Innovative Teacher Education and Classroom Practice in the 21st Century co-hosted by Kenyatta University and Syracuse University, USA.

Maroko, M. G. (December 2, 2008) A genre analysis of Master of Arts (M.A) and Master of  Science (M.Sc.) theses of Kenyan Public Universities during the Annual Postgraduate Week at Kenyatta University.

Maroko, M. G. (March, 2002). Genre Analysis: The KUFA Model of Proposal Writing and the CARS  Model of Article Introductions to the academic members of staff  at the Catholic University of Eastern Africa.

Maroko, M. G. (October 2000).  Rhetorical structure in MA research proposals of  Kenyatta  University. Presented during the Postgraduate Seminar Week at Kenyatta University.

External Examination

External Examiner, Maseno University, April 2018 – Date

External Examiner, Chuka University, August 2017 – Date

External Examiner, Kigali Institute of Science and Technology, School of Banking and Finance (SBF) Rwanda, July 2012 – 2014

 Journal Reviews

Reviewer, Journal of Cognitive Science, 2018.

Reviewer, Journal of Cognitive Science. 2016.

Reviewer, Kumekucha, A Journal of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Catholic University of Eastern Africa, 2015.

Successful Postgraduate Supervisions

PhD

JOSHUA M. ITUMO (C82/28686/2013): Kenya’s stigma free English accent: An English as a Lingua Franca Perspective. Kenyatta University (2018)

LOISE W. MWAI (C82/23459/2011):  A genre analysis of argumentative talk shows in selected radio and TV stations in Kenya. Kenyatta University (2018).

Master’s

JANET K. ONDARI (C50/CE/24460/2010), Vowel harmony in Ekegusii: An autosegmental approach. Kenyatta University. (2017)

JENNIFFER NALIAKA ODINGA (C50/13169/2009), An analysis of English-Kiswahili translation of sampled pesticides instruction leaflets. Kenyatta University. (2017)

GRACE W. MWANGI (C50/21248/2012), Evaluation of presentation of functional writing skills in approved Form Three English course books. Kenyatta University. (2016)

TARCISIO R. MAHIANYU (C50/CE/24455/2010), Word formation processes in social media: A case of Facebook. Kenyatta University. Kenyatta University. (2016)

VERONICA M. MUTINDA (C50/CE/11968/07), Rhetorical structure of the results and conclusions sections in selected journals of applied linguistics. Kenyatta University. (2016)

OLPHA BONARERI OMBATI, A syntactic analysis of empty categories in Ekegusii: A minimalist approach. Kenyatta University. (2016)

JACKLINE NYABOE MORARA, Lexical change: Naming of months of the year in Ekegusii. Kenyatta University. (2016)

MAKORI M. PENINAH (C50/CE/14015/2009), Turn-taking and topic-shift among adult men and women of Abagusii community in Nyamira County. Kenyatta University. (2015)

SUSAN N. MIRIGI (C50/CE/23144/2010), Rhetorical structure in spoken Gikuyu advertising. Kenyatta University. (2015)

BANCY MALANDI, C50/21656/2010, A comparative analysis of the rhetorical structure of LINGUISTSERV mail postings and the basic electronic media schema. Kenyatta University. (2013)

SAMWEL ONDIEKI CHANGAMU C50/CE/11912/2008, The structure and organization in discourse topic in selected call-in programmes of Egesa FM. Kenyatta University. (2013)

CECILIA NJERI WATHIKA, C50/CE/15620/2008, The teaching and assessment of functional writing in selected schools in Nairobi County. Kenyatta University. (2013)

SOLOMON ONCHOKE AUNGA, The nature of homonymous and polysemous relations in Ekegusii. Kenyatta University. (2012)

JULIET KITEMA, C50/10115/2007, Phonological variations among celebral palsy children in S.A Joytown School for the Physically Challenged, Thika. Kenyatta University. (2012)

LAWRENCE MUNGAI, C50/10112/2007, Vocabulary learning strategies in selected secondary schools in Kiambu County. Kenyatta University. (2012).

JOSEPH MAGENA MWEMBI, The print media’s use of language to cover post-election violence: A comparative study of two Kenyan Dailies. Kenyatta University. (2012)

ROSEMARY WAMBETSA C50/10326/2007, The language of expressing etiquette among pupils in high cost and those in low cost primary schools in Embakasi Division, Nairobi. Kenyatta University. Kenyatta University. (2011)

DORIS KIMEMBA, C50/CE/11192/06, Reading practices among class seven pupils of selected schools in Westlands Division of Nairobi. Kenyatta University. (2011)

ELIJAH OMWANSA MARIERA, The grammatical function of tone in Ekegusii (2011)

SAMWEL KOMENDA, C50/10912/2008), An autosegmental study of vowel compensatory lengthening in Ekegusii. Kenyatta University. (2011)

KAGO BEATRICE MUTHONI, Speech acts’ analysis of the language of mentally handicapped children of Karatina Special School. Kenyatta University. (2010)

DOROTHY M. MUNYAO, A rhetorical analysis of lead stories in selected Kenyan Mainstream Newspapers and the Alternative Press. Kenyatta University. (2010)

MAURICE WEKHWELA SIFUNA, Nature of spoken interaction between the teacher and the learner in Class Four in selected schools of Bungoma district. Kenyatta University. (2010)

MARY GATHONI NGUGI, C50/10480/2007, Word recognition skills by Class Four learners of Ruiru Municipality. Kenyatta University. (2010)