It was about one and a half years ago that I finally I arrived where I had always wanted to be and do what I had always wanted-- teach students, support small language communities and conduct research on African languages on my doorstep. The University of Cape Town and my new colleagues welcomed my efforts to establish the Centre for African Language Diversity-- CALDi as well as The African Language Archive-- TALA and I was recently appointed the Mellon Research Chair: African Language Diversity this initiative. The main aim of CALDi is to train young African scholars in descriptive linguistics and open up space for research into African languages at UCT with the hopes of countering the dominance of African linguistics outside the continent. It has been a great challenge for which my whole career has been a form of preparation...Read more
This conference is the opportunity for teachers, researchers, performers and practitioners to meet and share their perspectives on how literary texts can best be integrated into English Language Teaching (ELT). For the past 20-30 years the focus in English Language Teaching (ELT) has been on so-called ‘practical English’ despite the fact that there has been no critical discussion or concrete rationale for the abandonment of literary texts/sources in English language programs - particularly in conjunction with the development of productive skills (speaking and writing) but also with respect to so-called receptive skills (reading and listening). Furthermore, researchers with backgrounds in literature and linguistics had never before collaborated to seriously consider how literary texts may best be utilized in ELT.