72 UCT Students graduate in isiXhosa communication skills
The Multilingual Education Project, which is based in the Centre for Higher Education Development, has handed certificates to 72 excited students who completed the isiXhosa Communication Skills course during the first semester of 2016. The certificate ceremony was held on 18th May 2016. The students who were awarded certificates included 22 foreign students, and students from departments such as Dietetics, Philosophy and Psychology.
The certificates were handed out by Prof Mbulungeni Madiba who is the coordinator of the project. In congratulating students, Prof. Madiba emphasised the importance of learning an additional language in today's multilingual world. He further pointed out that learning another language is socially and culturally beneficial and also helps one make real connections with the speakers of that language. It also provides a better understanding of one’s own language.
The Masithethe isiXhosa course is offered at beginner and intermediate levels. Each course comprises 12 sessions which enable students to learn basic conversations such as greetings, introductions, and giving personal information as well as developing an understanding of isiXhosa culture. After the 12 sessions students may opt to do an oral assessment if they want to receive a certificate of completion. Student members who do not take the assessment receive an attendance certificate if they attend at least 10 sessions. The next course will be offered in the second semester starting from August. Students who are interested in the course may contact Mzi.Mnyatheli@uct.ac.za or Nolubabalo.Tyam@uct.ac.za or ext: 2645/5567.
Story by Nolu Tyam
Photos by Rondine Carstens