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 aims to bring together local and international teachers, learners and researchers to share their knowledge and experiences through the findings of original research, workshops and snapshots of pedagogy that show innovative techniques in teaching EFL/ESL and motivating students. It will focus on the design of strategies that promote students using English to communicate for real-life meaningful purposes and current advances in the use of multimedia and the importance of making teaching explicit. There will be a sharing of practices that engage students in developing the four-macro skills and the specific areas of vocabulary, grammar and cohesion in writing. Our conference prides itself on being the conference with a difference by creating opportunities for participants to embark on a learning journey, interact with keynotes and add value to their experience through engaging in professional conversation both during and after the course.