Prof Paul Walters
After having been approached in 2012 by Professor Monica Hendricks, Director of the Institute of the Study of English in Africa (ISEA) at Rhodes University, and asked if he would contribute to writing up the history of the Institute’s first 20 years from 1964 to 1984, Professor Paul Walters proceeded to research the history of the ISEA and its many projects over its first 50 years from 1964 to 2014. This, together with the efforts of others, eventually culminated in the publication of ISEA 1964-2014, edited by Prof. Hendricks.
As a former student and lecturer in, and now Emeritus Professor of, the English Department, Prof. Walters is an institution in himself and his experience from 1982 to 1995 in the ISEA – first as H. A. Molteno Professor of English Second Language, then as Director, and ultimately as the Molteno chair, with the additional responsibility of National Director of the Molteno Project – meant that he was best placed to undertake the project of recuperating some of the earliest history of the ISEA.
According to Prof. Walters, the ISEA from its inception “has had its eye on majority users of English – facilitating the teaching and learning of English as a First Additional Language. It has also been involved in teacher education (before ISEA, there was no English specialist in the Rhodes Department of Education), and Professor Hendricks and her team have taken the education dimension to new, accredited heights.”
ISEA 1964-2014 provides a relevant and timely contribution that will appeal to academics and all those with an interest in the history of developments in the teaching and learning of English in South Africa at all levels.
ISEA 1964-2014 is published by NISC, Grahamstown.