Conference Theme

Towards Multilingualism in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education
in South Africa: Issues, Challenges and Opportunities


Alexander (2003, 29) recommends that “all higher education institutions should participate in facilitating and promoting the goal of the National Language Policy to develop all South African languages in such a manner that they can be used in all high status functions, especially as formal academic languages at higher education should be developed towards that position.”

This conference will provide a forum where scholars can interrogate issues of language policy and development in Higher Education. Research confirms the view that students perform better if they are supported in their mother tongue therefore the conference will also attempt to harness multilingual education (MLE) to meet students' needs. Recent research further suggests that some students who choose to study in English to improve their global competitive edge, make use of study guides and resources written in their mother tongue when they get stuck with difficult concepts in a distance learning environment (Bornman, 2012).
Conference Sub-Themes:

Conference participants are welcome to focus their contributions on the following:
  • Language, transformation, equity and success in Higher Education
  • Challenges and opportunities of multilingualism in teaching and learning in Higher Education
  • Language policy and planning in teaching and learning in Higher Education
  • Language Practice in Higher Education: The development of African Languages as academic languages (including issues of lexicography and terminology development, translation and interpreting)
  • Human Language Technology (HLT) for multilingualism in Higher Education
  • Multilingualism within an Open Distance and eLearning (ODeL) environment
    Presentation guidelines:

Presentations can vary from adopting a purely research focus, to a conceptual paper, or evidence of best practice. Papers should demonstrate relevance to the conference theme and fit into one of the following categories:
  • Oral presentation
  • Poster presentation
  • Virtual presentation
The conference proceedings will be peer reviewed for a possible scientific conference publication.
Who should attend?

  • Professionals and academics in higher education who are dealing with language practice
  • Language policy makers in the Higher Education sector
  • Government and public organisations involved in language education and support
  • Learner support practitioners
  • Researchers in the area of languages in Higher Education
  • Researchers
  Registration fees?
R1000.00 per delegate

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Contact us?
Ms Rea Mathibeli at
Important information for contributors:
Abstract submission deadline
Length of abstract
Abstracts should include

Conference website
22 June 2015
Maximum of 200 words
Title of the presentation, name of presenter(s) and institutional affiliation and the e-mail address of the principal presenter.
20 - 21 August 2015 (Thursday - Friday)
University of South Africa - Kgorong Building, Mucklenuek Campus, Pretoria
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