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Graduation: Faculty of Business and Management Sciences Official start: December 10 @ 7:00 pm. Duration: 2h 30m

Tuesday, 30 October 2018

Academics want African Languages used in teaching

PARTNERSHIPS: The delegates who attended this year’s Universities South Africa Community of Practice for the Teaching and Learning of African Languages which was held on the Bellville Campus. PARTNERSHIPS: The delegates who attended this year’s Universities South Africa Community of Practice for the Teaching and Learning of African Languages which was held on the Bellville Campus.

South African academics in the field of African Languages say their universities need to collaborate some more on various issues of research interest as well as make recommendations on the way African Languages can be used as a resource in teaching and learning. 

These were some of the resolutions taken during this year’s Universities South Africa Community of Practice for the Teaching and Learning of African Languages (CoPAL) which was held on the Bellville Campus.

The CoPAL was hosted by the Fundani Centre for Higher Education Development’s Language Unit, which presented a synopsis of language policy implementation initiatives and multilingual teaching practices at CPUT.

The CoPAL’s resolutions as-well-as the need to identify more sources of funding for the field’s Postgraduate students were identified as priority initiatives for COPAL.

The delegates agreed to facilitate more collaborations among universities and to explore and make recommendations on the use of African Languages as resources in teaching and learning.
The universities discussed their respective postgraduate academic programmes in African Languages, staffing issues, student enrolments and related aspects such as funding and exchange programmes.

The universities which were in attendance included CPUT, UCT, Rhodes University, UWC, Nelson Mandela University, North-West University, Fort Hare and the University of Zululand.

Professors Mbulungeni Madiba (UCT) and Pamela Maseko (UWC) were re-elected unopposed into their positions of Chairperson and Vice-chairperson, respectively.

Universities South Africa, formerly known as Higher Education South Africa, is a membership organisation representing South Africa's universities.

Written by Kwanele Butana

Email: butanak@cput.ac.za

Provides coverage for the Business and Management Sciences and Education Faculties, Student Affairs Department and Cape Town and Mowbray Campuses.