G.S.K. Adika

G. S. K. Adika
Associate Professor / Director
BA PhD (Ghana) MPhil (Camb)
gskadika@ug.edu.gh / gordonadika@gmail.com

Prof. Gordon Senanu Kwame Adika received a PhD in Linguistics from the University of Ghana in 1999 after his MPhil in English and Applied Linguistics from the University of Cambridge, Research Centre for English and Applied Linguistics (1992). He started his academic career in 1990 as a Teaching Assistant in the Department of English and later joined the Language Centre as Junior Research Fellow. He is currently an Associate Professor and the Director of the Language Centre. Prof.Adika teaches academic writing to undergraduate and graduate students and acts as consultant on many inter-collegiate projects upgrading scholarly work. His research focuses on academic discourse and literacy and English as a medium of instruction in second language contexts.
Contact E-mail: gskadika@ug.edu.gh / gordonadika@gmail.com
SELECTED Publications

  1. Adika, G.S.K. &Quartey, A. (2016). Ghanaian university students’ entry grades in English and their performance in academic writing. Journal for Language Teaching, Vol. 50 (2), pp. 103-121.
  1. Herzuah, P. &Adika, G.S.K. (2016). Rhetoric of Appeal and Dissent in two Ghanaian Newspaper Editorials on a Presidential Election Petition Hearing. Issues in Political Discourse, Vol. 4 (2), pp. 93-106. Nova Science Publishers, New York. 
  1. Adika, G.S.K. (2015) Credibility and Accountability in Academic Discourse: Increasing the Awareness of Ghanaian Graduate Students. Practice and Theory in Systems of Education, Vol. 10 (3), pp. 227-244. De Gruyter DOI10.1515/ptse-2015-0021.
  1. Adika, G.S.K. (2014). Swales’ CARS Model and the Metaphor of Research  Space: An Illustration with an African Journal. Legon Journal of the Humanities, Vol. 25.
  1. Adika, G.S.K. (2014). Ghanaian Graduate Students’ Knowledge of  Referencing in Academic Writing and Implications for Plagiarism. Frontiers of Language and Teaching, Vol. 5 (1), pp. 75-80, Universal Publishers.
  1. Adika, G.S.K.&Borti, A. (2014). Range and frequency of conjunctive adjuncts in Ghanaian university students’ writing in English. In G.S.K. Adika& C. Asante (Eds.) Multilingualism, Language in Education, and Academic Literacy: Applied Linguistics Research in the Language Centre. pp. 98-118. Accra: Sub-Saharan Publishers.
  1. Adika, G. S. K.& Asante, C. (Eds.). (2014). Multilingualism, Language in Education, and Academic Literacy: Applied Linguistics Research in the Language Centre.  Accra: Sub-Saharan. (185 pages).
  1. Adika, G.S.K.,Ossom-Batsa, G. &Yitah, H. (Eds.) (2014). New Perspectives on African Humanity: Beliefs, Values and Artistic Expression. Accra: Adwinsa. (202 pages).
  1. Adika, G.S.K. (2013). In search of the sublime: Language and reality in Ladé Wosornu’s poetry. In F. A. Fábùnmi& A.S. Sàláwù (Eds.) Readings in African Dialectology and Applied Linguistics. LINCOM Studies in African Linguistics 85. pp. 275-292, Munich (Germany): Lincom GmbH.
  1. Adika, G.S.K. (2013). The discourse structure of book reviews in Ghanaian newspapers, 1950-2006. In F. A. Fábùnmi& A.S. Sàláwù (Eds.) Readings in African Dialectology and Applied Linguistics. LINCOM Studies in African Linguistics 85. pp. 367-383, Munich (Germany): Lincom GmbH.
  1. Adika, G.S.K. (2012). English in Ghana: Growth, Tensions, and Trends. Journal of Language, Translation and Intercultural Communication, Vol. 1 (1), pp. 151-166. Technological Educational Institute of Epirus & National Documentation Centre, Greece, DOI:10.12681/ijltc.v1:0.
  1. Adika, G.S.K. (2012). Language teaching, critical voice and the construction of knowledge. In H. Lauer & K. Anyidoho (Eds.) Reclaiming the Human Sciences and the Humanities through African Perspectives. Vol. II, pp. 1493-1502. Accra: Sub-Saharan Publishers.


  1. Adika, G.S.K. (2011). Bringing Hinduism to bear on the Ghanaian situation: Ladé Wosornu’s artistry as a call for spiritual renewal. Spheres Public and Private: Western Genres in African Literature, ed. Gordon Collier, Matatu: Journal for African Culture and Society, Vol. 39, pp. 163-178, Amsterdam & New York: Editions Rodopi.
  1. Adika, G.S.K. (2011). Deviant Usage and Confusing Words. Accra: Black Mask (120 pages).
  1. Adika, G.S.K. (2010). Infelicitous use of Anaphoric “this” in undergraduate academic writing. Legon Journal of the Humanities, Vol. 21, pp. 99-126. 
  1. Adika, G.S.K. &Dzandu, M. (2010). A survey of English dictionary usage among students of public universities in Ghana. Papers in English and Linguistics (PEL), Vol., 11, pp. 15-31, Ile-Ife: The Linguistics Association, ObafemiAwolowo University.
  1. Adika, G. S. K.,Fábùnmi, F.A. &Sàláwù, A. S. (Eds.). (2009). Current Perspectives inPhono-Syntax and Dialectology.Accra: Black Mask. (457 pages).
  1. Adika, G.S.K. (2004). Understanding LadéWosornu’s Poetry. Accra: Tecnic Channel. (302 pages).
  1. Adika, G.S.K. (2003). A theme-structure approach to evaluating aspects of universitystudents’ expository texts. Legon Journal of the Humanities, Vol.14, pp. 55-78.
  1. Adika, G.S.K. (1997). The Prose Style of Paul Ansah: A conscious search for verbal felicity. Legon Journal of the Humanities, Vol.10, pp. 63-87.
  1. Adika, G.S.K.  &Denkabe, A. (1997). A Grammar of Text Analysis: An Approach. In M. E. KroppDakubu (ed.) English in Ghana. pp. 211-223. Accra: Ghana English Studies Association (GESA).


Courses taught: 
English as a Second language, Academic writing, Advanced Composition, Writing in Second language Contexts, Applied Linguistics