MR Manfred Mawudoku

HOD, Languages Department

Phone Numbers: +233-24-4057434/+233-20-7179543/020-6640793Whatsaap.

E-mail: manmawu@gmail.com

He hails from Lolobi-Kumasi in the Volta Region of Ghana. His qualifications included: M.Ed in Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL), B.Ed Basic Education, ‘A’ 3yr Postsec., G.C.E ‘A & O’ Levels.

He completed University of Education, Winneba in 2005 and 2010, Peki Training College, Peki, in the Volta Region in 1997, Bishop
Herman College, Kpando in the Volta Region of Ghana in 1992 and St. Mary’s Seminary Secondary School, Lolobi also in the Volta Region of Ghana in 1990. He is a Christian of Catholic denomination.

As a teacher, his interest lies in human development and aspires for higher academic pursuits. He is an interesting and a humorous person. In 2017/2018-2018/2019, he was the departmental representative to academic board.

He has sixteen years teaching experience, seven(7) years as a Basic school teacher and eleven(11) years as teacher developer for basic schools. He is competent in teaching Education related courses aside the English language

“Without language one cannot talk to people and understand them; one cannot share their hopes and aspirations, grasp their history, appreciate their poetry or savour their song’’ (Nelson Mandela)

Lyons (1970), also has this to say about
language(s): Languages are the principal systems of communication used by particular
groups of human beings within the particular society of which they are members.

In today’s era, the basic knowledge of a single or more language has become crucial as language has become a major tool for forging friendships, cultural ties as well as economic relationships. Most importantly, language is also the basis of all education. School education is predominantly language oriented; reading, writing, arithmetic is all based on language proficiency. Knowledge of languages is therefore, the doorway to wisdom and further exploration.

Rationale

The department follows the rationale for teaching language(s)
in Ghanaian schools as follows:

For English language,

  1. As the official language, it is language
    of government and administration
  2. It is the language of commerce and the
    learned profession and the media
  3. As an international language, it is
    the most widely used on the internet.
  4.  Beyond the lowest level of education that
    is from Primary 4 English is the medium of instruction.
  5. What it means is that success in
    education at all levels depends, to a very large extent, on the
    individual’s proficiency in the language.
  6. It is for these and other reasons that
    English Language is a major subject of study in Ghanaian schools

The study of Ghanaian languages in our schools also has the following rationale:

  1. It promotes conversation, as it is used most in
    conversations
  2. It is used in studies/teaching for a better
    understanding in the lower levels of basic education
  3. The use of the Ghanaian language in school pulls
    the mind for detailed understanding
  4. Again, it broadens our horizon on various things
    and experiences.
  5. It again gives the Ghanaian child the ability to
    read and write well
  6. The Ghanaian language is the foundation stone
    for building other language learning.

The Languages Department is the
academic department that has the responsibility of equipping teacher trainees
with the requisite knowledge, skills and competencies in the content and
methodology of English Language, Ewe and Twi. The Department has two units: The
English Language and Ghanaian Language Units. The Ghanaian Languages Unit is
further divided into Ewe and Twi units.

Currently, the department has
staff population of ten (10). Six male tutors and four female tutors.