The General and Liberal Studies Department at Wa Polytechnic is different from most other departments, because it services the entire academic departments throughout the Polytechnic.
The Liberal Studies Department provides a broad spectrum of skills and knowledge for general liberal education within a multi-disciplinary framework, which encourages students to develop interpretative, creative and critical minds in order to enhance their learning and communication in appropriate socio-cultural contexts.
Working closely with all the academic departments, the department is mandated to equip students of the entire polytechnic with the basic as well as advanced concepts in the following courses: English, Communication Sills, Business Communication, Functional French, Secretarial French, Principles of Law, Economics, Mathematics, Research Methodology, Quantitative Methods, Entrepreneurship and relevant knowledge in African Studies to enable them function effectively as future professionals and technocrats.
- To produce fluent bilinguals in the French and English languages to enable them fit into the job market as effective secretaries, managers, accountants, engineers etc.
- To train students to be able to communicate effectively through minutes writing, memoranda, reports.
- To train students to develop analytic and quantitative skills
- As a department, we strive to complement training from the existing departments to enhance professionalism on the job.
- The department supports the vision of the Polytechnic in the training of skilled middle level human resource required for community and socio-economic development as the nation pursues the goal of a middle level income status.
- To equip students to meet the communication and ethical challenges of the contemporary work force.
- To build a degree of confidence and positive attitude towards life
Goals for the next academic year
Our goals for the next academic include:
- Organizing entrance examination/Classes for mature Students who wish to enroll into the programmes of the Polytechnic.
- Organize an outreach programme to some of the secondary and vocational and technical school in Upper West Region to sensitize them on the Access Programme in a bid to boost student’s enrolment.
Language learning is not the same as learning any other subject. It is not confined to writing an examination and getting a degree or award. The four skills of reading, writing, listening and speaking have to be practiced.
The language laboratory plays an important role in the language learning process. It has become inevitable in any language learning process. It provides students with the technical tools to get the best samples of pronunciation of the language, but unfortunately not much attention has been given to the language laboratory in the institution.
Innovative products such as digital multimedia control, wireless headsets and microphones, the interactive response pad, etc. are very useful for students learning languages for communication. And these are lacking in our language laboratory
State of the Language Laboratory
The GLS has a conventional lab that has a tape recorder and a few audiocassettes of French language to teach the learners. The teacher plays the tape and the learners listen to it and learn the pronunciation. As it is used in a normal classroom setup, it is prone to distractions and this type of laboratory is no longer common.
At least to modernization it a little, learners should be given a headset to listen to the audiocassettes being played. Here distractions are minimized and a certain amount of clarity in listening is possible.
Significance and Relevance of the Language Laboratory
The language laboratory is a very helpful tool for practicing and assessing one’s speech in any language. It provides a facility which allows the student to listen to model pronunciation, repeat and record the same, listen to their performance and compare with the model, and do self-assessment. Since the language laboratory gives every learner of any language freedom to learn at their own pace, it is flexible and does not necessarily require a teacher all the time. At the same time, it is possible for teachers to provide assistance individually and collectively. The language laboratory allows every participant his or her privacy to speak and listen
Provision should be made in the newly constructed Library complex to set up a Computer Assisted Language Laboratory (CALL) to enable students to develop their communicative skills in English and French.
The Access Programme was introduced in the Wa Polytechnic in the 2008/2009 academic year.