Faculty of Ghanaian Languages Education Sharpens the Teaching and Research Skills of Staff
The Faculty of Ghanaian Languages Education organised a Faculty Retreat from 14th -16th June, 2018 at the Manna Heights Hotel, Mankessim under the theme, “Three years as a Faculty; Assessing the teaching and research skills of the Faculty”.
The Principal of the College of Languages Education, Prof. Ephraim Avea Nsoh who was the Guest of Honour, emphasised teaching and research as core mandate of the Faculty, adding that their promotion also hinged on it. He urged them to constantly conduct research to improve upon the materials they presented to students.
"The conduct of research has suffered, since most of the time needed for it is used for other duties. However, workshops on grant and research proposal writing were being organised by the College to help members source for funds to conduct research. By this, the visibility of the Faculty, and for that matter, the College will be projected worldwide" he said.
In his Welcome Address, the Dean of the Faculty, Dr. Charles Owu-Ewie thanked members for their support over the past years and informed them that the retreat was being held to assess the strides made by the Faculty in terms of teaching and research and to make projections for the coming years. He urged participants to collaborate in conducting research to make the Faculty visible.
Faculty members were taken through the rudiments of abstract writing and literature review. They were also given reminders to minimise the errors that usually occurred in writing research articles for publication.
A mini-research presentation on students' perception about a good lecturer was delivered. It noted that content knowledge, good teaching skills, positive attitude to work and personal traits (humility, confidence, being friendly, a role model, non-tribalistic, a motivator and a good student-lecturer relationship) were some of the qualities of a good lecturer expected by students.
Participants were paired to develop abstracts which were critically reviewed and fine tuned into full articles for publication. They also deliberated on the future of the Faculty and the involvement of students in decision making.
Participants of the workshop expressed their appreciation to the Dean for organising this retreat and recommended more of such retreats to promote staff development.