The Language and Communication Skills Department, which is  housed in the Faculty of Humanities, serves students registered in all faculties at Chancellor College. The department also co-ordinates a Faculty-based Bachelor of Arts Communication and Cultural Studies programme.

Our Mission

The mission of the Department of Language and Communication Skills is to initiate and foster education, research and consultancy, and outreach programs in the related disciplines of language, communication and culture in response to national development goals relating to local, regional and international trends. 

What We Offer

The department offers academic literacy skills courses within the tradition of English for Specific Purposes to all faculties. Students registered in academic literacy skills courses are trained in academic writing skills, presentations skills, as well as in research skills. The department also contributes a wide variety of courses in communication and cultural studies courses to the Bachelor of Arts in Communication and Cultural Studies (BACCS) programme. The programme has the following pathways:

  • Broadcasting (Radio and Television)
  • Public Relations
  • Film
  • Print media

The BACCS program, which is the first or its kind in Malawi, has been running for five years and it attracts a wide variety of students, including upcoming and seasoned practitioners from Malawi’s media industry. 

Other Ventures

The department also offers a wide range of non-credit knowledge and skill-oriented short courses, seminars, and workshops in human and mediated communication as part of its outreach endeavours. Examples include:

  • Public speaking
  • Leadership communication skills
  • Language and communication skills for front line officers
  • Language and communication skills for religious leaders
  • Language and communication skills for court interpreters
  • Language and Communication skills for secretaries
  • Art of broadcast news reading
  • Editorial policy development and management
  • Effective Message and material development for strategic communication

Some of the courses attract foreign participants, e.g. from Mozambique.

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About Chancellor College

Chancellor College is the largest among the constituent colleges of the University of Malawi. Ever since its establishment, the college has produced graduates who have gone on to become leaders in various sectors of Malawian society.

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