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EPD at the CCDU Employability Seminar

On Thursday, 28 August 2014, the EPD Team had an opportunity to present some of their passion for correct English usage to a group of final-year and Honour’s students at the Counselling and Career Development Unit (CCDU) on West Campus at Wits. Using “Weird Al” Yankovic’s YouTube song sensation Word Crimes as a springboard, we discussed the use of the apostrophe in its versus it’s and your versus you’re before diving into the intricacies of the comma. We were also able to provide some insight for the students regarding the importance of correct English usage in the workplace. South Africa may have 11 official languages but English remains the language of business. As such, the CV and cover letter, as your first point of contact with a potential employer, have to be perfect. Learning also does not end when you finish your degree.

Although working and studying is not easy, the sense of satisfaction to be gained from learning usually outweighs many of the sacrifices that need to be made. The students asked a lot of questions, like:

  • How much are the courses? (R4900 from next year, which includes learning material and stationery),
  • How long does each course take to complete? (10 weeks), and
  • Do you run workshops? (Yes, we most certainly do!)

More information can be found on the Wits Language School website.