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Wednesday, 11 September 2019

New language lab launched at Education Faculty Day

OPEN DOORS: Education Faculty Dean, Prof Thobeka Mda, addresses the audience during the Education Faculty Day held on the Mowbray Campus recently to celebrate the Faculty’s rich history and achievements. OPEN DOORS: Education Faculty Dean, Prof Thobeka Mda, addresses the audience during the Education Faculty Day held on the Mowbray Campus recently to celebrate the Faculty’s rich history and achievements.

The Education Faculty has recently launched the Mowbray Language Lab to provide additional language support to teacher trainees.

The lab, which is housed in the Barkley Davies Building, has 23 computers and caters particularly for first year students who need additional language support. The on-line reading programme, Readers are Leaders, has been uploaded for students to work individually on the activities.

Academic Writing activities uploaded on Blackboard can also be accessed from the facility, said Dr Nomakhaya Mashiyi, the Faculty’s Language Co-ordinator. Mashiyi added that more language-focused on-line resources will be made available in future and that lecturers are encouraged to share language resources with their students using the lab.

The lab was launched during the Education Faculty Day held to celebrate the Faculty’s rich history and achievements. The theme of the celebration was It takes a village.

The Faculty’s Dean, Prof Thobeka Mda, said while for many years the focus was on teaching and practical development, a lot of research work is now being carried out in the Faculty.

“In the CPUT 2018 Annual performance report, our Faculty showed that 42% of our academic staff have doctorates, which is much higher than the university average of 30% - we’re second only to Applied Sciences. Our research output per capita in 2018 was the highest amongst the six Faculties.”

Addressing the celebrations, Vice-chancellor, Prof Chris Nhlapo, said students should appreciate the unique chance to network with each other, the Faculty’s staff and their Western Cape Education Department partners.

“The two campuses have distinct personalities but I hope Wellington will get to know Mowbray and vice versa,” said Nhlapo. “You may have different ages, races and languages but ultimately you will all be CPUT graduates in the near future. The networks you make at varsity will be the same networks you use throughout your career.”

Nhlapo added that CPUT’s Vision 2030 strategy is a roadmap for the institution’s coming decade. “And key to that strategy is Oneness, we call it One Smart CPUT, and in essence it aspires to use our collective strengths and differences to anticipate the coming decade and prepare our students for it,” he said.

The Faculty’s students entertained the audience with songs, dance, poetry and drama while various displays were shown and presentations were given by lecturers.

Written by Kwanele Butana

Email: butanak@cput.ac.za

Provides coverage for the Business and Management Sciences and Education Faculties, Student Affairs Department and Cape Town and Mowbray Campuses.