Rhodes offers beginner isiXhosa lessons
Date Released : 03/08/2017Language is an essential tool in effecting transformation in a culturally diverse institution like Rhodes University.
Putting Rhodes University on the Map
Date Released : 09/12/2016The journal French Studies in Southern Africa (FSSA) has elected its new editor, Prof Patrice Mwepu from French Studies, School of Languages & Literatures (Rhodes University), who has been elected as the new editor in chief of the journal.
Writer Mtuze honoured
Date Released : 08/07/2015"READ and read and do more reading," renowned Xhosa writer Peter Tshobisa Mtuze said on Monday, when he was honoured by the Eastern Cape government for his lifetime’s work.
African languages have the power to transform universities
Date Released : 21/05/2015A history lecturer teaching a class about the history of the Xhosa people in South Africa’s Eastern Cape province stops speaking English for a few minutes.
Language a pivotal tool to effect transformation at university
Date Released : 03/10/2014Language is one of the pivotal tools to effect transformation at a university like Rhodes
Language in the Spotlight
Date Released : 02/06/2014Grahamstown is home to a number of multilingual activists, and recently hosted the isiXhosa Children's Literacy Festival, organised by Elinor Sisulu and the Puku Foundation.
French Ambassador visits Rhodes
Date Released : 24/04/2014French Ambassador Her Excellency Ms Elisabeth Barbier visited Rhodes University recently and met with a range of dignitaries, staff and students at Rhodes and the Diocesan School for Girls (DSG).
A 'legend' and a 'creative genius'
Date Released : 21/02/2014Professor Mbulelo Vizikhungo Mzamane meant many things to many people. Some have described him as a "legend" and a "creative genius", an outgoing person, who enjoyed good company as well as a good dialogue.
Author invited to share ideas at UK university
Date Released : 14/01/2014Eastern Cape author Bandile Magibili has been invited to the University of East London in Britain for three weeks to deliver a series of lectures based on his self-published book, 2 B Black.
Rhodes students excel in French
Date Released : 21/11/2013An awards ceremony was held recently to celebrate the success of Rhodes University students who passed the DELF A1 test.
Human displacement an enduring theme in our literature
Mother-tongue classrooms give a better boost to English study later
Motshekga defends use of African languages
Date Released : 16/10/2013Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga yesterday defended the government’s plan to start phasing in the learning of an African language at all South African schools, saying scientific research showed that children who study in their first languages for the first years of schooling perform better.
A response to Jonathan Jansen’s Percy Baneshik Memorial Lecture to The English Academy of South Africa
Date Released : 09/10/2013Professor Jonathan Jansen is rector of the University of the Free State. On 18 September 2013 he delivered the English Academy of South Africa’s Percy Baneshik Memorial Lecture.
Wrest power from English tyranny
Date Released : 05/10/2013If our children are to stand tall, they must master the language used to exclude them.
Children are lost without translation
Date Released : 04/10/2013Too few stories have been translated into African languages: let’s do something about it.
Photo unlocks little-known story
Date Released : 04/09/2013An ancient photograph of long-dead relatives who fled Europe for South Africa in the 1850s, has inspired a Rhodes University language professor to write about life in the Eastern Cape and other parts of the country over the past 150 years.
Faculty of Education gets new Dean
Date Released : 30/07/2013Prof Xoliswa Mtose has been appointed UNIZULU's Faculty of Education Dean.
Youth shape the way we communicate
Date Released : 04/07/2013As in tsotsitaal, they play with language — and in so doing help create a common culture.
Anthology of young writers' work
Date Released : 19/06/2013Paperight has released the Paperight Young Writers' Anthology 2013, a new multilingual anthology of original short stories, essays, poetry and illustrations by South African high school pupils.
New Shuttleworth-funded anthology discovers next generation of SA writers
Date Released : 18/06/2013Paperight is proud to announce the release of the Paperight Young Writers’ Anthology 2013, a new multilingual literary anthology of original short stories, essays, poetry and illustrations by South African high school students.
African languages to be compulsory for all pupils
Date Released : 13/06/2013Cape Town - An African language - including Afrikaans - will be compulsory for all pupils until matric, according to a new policy which could be implemented at all schools from as early as next year.
Learning and language
Date Released : 04/06/2013Using a mother tongue makes progress at school or university easier for students the University of KwaZulu-Natal's announcement that it will make it compulsory to learn Zulu at that university from next year has been hailed by many as a return of African languages to the educational centre, in a true postcolonial sense of the word.
Evolving through language
Date Released : 04/06/2013The University of KwaZuluNatal's announcement that it would make it compulsory to learn Zulu there from next year, has been hailed by many as a return of African languages to the educational centre, in a true post-colonial sense of the word.
The practicalities of implementing the policy will be difficult but the benefits are enormous.
Date Released : 04/06/2013It was shocking to hear someone on Xolani Gwala's SAfm early morning news programme this month referring to the use of African languages in the schooling system as "dragging us back to the days of apartheid".
University demands that students and staff learn Zulu
Date Released : 03/06/2013The University of KwaZulu-Natal's decision that all new students register for a compulsory Zulu course from next year has thrown the proverbial cat among the pigeons. While details of the initiative – a first for South African higher education – are unclear, the university believes that students must demonstrate bilingualism to earn their degrees.
Languages liberate and unify
Date Released : 27/05/2013The University of KwaZuluNatal's announcement last week that it would make the learning of Zulu compulsory from next year, has been hailed by many as a return of African languages to the educational centre, in a true post-colonial sense of the word.
African languages key
Date Released : 26/05/2013We recently read about the Eastern Cape’s forgotten schools where teaching and learning is simply not happening.
Nzayo uses language to reach multicultural audience
Date Released : 24/05/2013A MULTILINGUAL Grahamstown language activist who uses a hilarious mix of Xhosa and English to tickle the funny bone has been nominated for a top South African Comics Choice Award.
Crossing the language barrier
Date Released : 24/05/2013It’s been a long time coming, but learning an African language will soon be compulsory in schools. Brent Meersman tries to keep ahead of the kids
‘Enough’ teachers for African languages
Date Released : 23/05/2013There are enough African language teachers to introduce the teaching of an African language in all schools in grades R and 1 from next year, says the Department of Basic Education.
Master one language before tackling another
Date Released : 23/05/2013I applaud the University of KwaZulu-Natal for introducing isiZulu as a course for first-year students. But I wonder why this otherwise progressive move was made compulsory.
Multilingualism is a resource
Date Released : 23/05/2013Apartheid used our languages to divide and rule. Today we want to use them to increase social cohesion and economic participation.
Quest for a new engaged intellectualism
Date Released : 22/05/2013It struck me the other day that black South Africans use the term ukuzabalaza and the word Umzabalazo almost exclusively in relation to the fight against apartheid and colonialism.
Varsity students must take isiZulu
Date Released : 17/05/2013Kwazulu-natal language move sparks controversy in the halls of higher learning.
Rhodes lauded for African science ‘translatathons’
Date Released : 17/05/2013BREAKING down long-held beliefs that indigenous African languages could not be used to teach science would go a long way towards ridding South Africa of “linguistic apartheid”.
Mobile Xhosa for health practitioners
Date Released : 02/05/2013It's a problem commonly faced by healthcare practitioners in multilingual societies: how to translate medical questions put to them in other languages accurately enough for them to provide correct diagnoses and treatment.
SA's shifting language landscape
Date Released : 24/04/2013“Afrikaans and English no longer ‘white languages’,” read a press release from the SA Institute of Race Relations this week. The analysis of data from the 2011 census indicates that only 40% of South Africans who speak Afrikaans at home are white, while less than 34% of those who speak English at home are white. While isiZulu remains the most commonly-spoken language by quite a wide margin, it is English which is leading the way as the most preferred teaching language.
Rhodes University Multilingual Short Story Competition
Date Released : 23/04/2013The Rhodes University Language Committee is engaged in a project to raise awareness on campus about multilingualism in Higher Education in South Africa.
University has hopes to score in Xhosa
Date Released : 02/04/2013Stellenbosch University is taking steps to promote and embrace Xhosa, along with other African languages, via sports terminology booklets.
Tongue-tied on language policy
Date Released : 22/03/2013How is it that the language in education policy in a country with one of the most progressive constitutions in the world still fails the majority of its learners from their earliest school years?
Words, pictures tell story
Date Released : 19/02/2013"I cannot tell my story without recalling a long way back." - Hermann Hesse.
Education helps build relationships
Date Released : 27/01/2013More than 10,000 South Africans are learning Chinese in universities and secondary and primary schools around the country thanks to efforts by the Chinese government to enhance Chinese language education in South Africa.
The Iliad goes local
Date Released : 11/12/2012Homer’s Iliad, the well-known Greek poem set in the Trojan War, has been translated into English versions and virtually every language in the world for many centuries, but now a South African professor in classic literature has published the first South African English translation of the epic tale.
Language teaching ‘not just a political statement’
Date Released : 06/12/2012Teachers and lecturers from as far afield as China, Ethiopia and Germany congregated at Rhodes University recently to share their experiences of teaching second or additional languages.
Tribute to multilingualism proponent
Date Released : 26/11/2012Dean of Humanities Prof Fred Hendricks presented a deeply personal tribute to the multi-linguist, Prof Neville Alexander at the opening of a colloquium on second language teaching recently.
Navigate SA’s linguistic minefield with tolerance
Date Released : 28/11/2012Separate conversations on recent flights have underlined for me the important role that language will play in our search for cross-cultural unity and harmony.
Does the medium affect the message for students?
Date Released : 31/10/2012Most South African students in higher education are not being educated in their first language. English dominates the higher educational context, including learning material and the circulation and distribution of new knowledge.
Learning new languages pays
Date Released : 30/10/2012The expressions "ni hoa", "al salaam a'alaykum" and "namaste" might not mean much to most South Africans, but as the new world economies develop rapidly, the value of being able to greet people in Mandarin, Arabic and Hindi is rising.
Slow development of African languages at South African universities a concern
Date Released : 23/11/2012The South African Department of Higher Education and Training says it remains concerned at the slow development of African languages in the country's universities and has set up a Ministerial Advisory Panel to look into the issue.
African languages need to be developed - Blade Nzimande
Date Released : 22/11/2012Minister says both wealthy and poor black children lose out from a lack of mother tongue education.
Tribute to multilingualism proponent
Date Released : 21/11/2012Dean of Humanities Prof Fred Hendricks presented a deeply personal tribute to the multi-linguist, Prof Neville Alexander at the opening of a colloquium on second language teaching recently.
Stop the death of isiXhosa
Date Released : 21/09/2012Middle class not proud of their heritage. As South Africans celebrate Heritage Day on Monday, academics and African languages' specialists warned of the death of isiXhosa — the cornerstone and one-time proud heritage of the Xhosa speaking people.
Speaking in mother tongues
Date Released : 22/09/2012Academics, politicians and experts in the Eastern Cape are calling for the use of indigenous languages in education and all government documents.
Vital that whites learn to speak African languages
Date Released : 06/09/2012Bheki Sele. Tabo Ma-beki. Senzo Msunu. Kagalima Mokla-Ante. This is just an example of how African names are remorselessly butchered by people who clearly have no intention of learning a thing about African languages. So, Cele becomes “Sele” – dangerously close to “isela”, a thief in isiXhosa.
Chinese centre boost for Rhodes
Date Released : 07/09/2012RHODES University’s decision to offer Chinese studies four years ago is helping to turn what many perceived as a colonial establishment into something with more universal appeal.
Language has to be on national agenda
Date Released : 17/05/2012Multilingualism in higher education faces challenges SOUTH Africa's democracy was at a crossroads and language, at the heart of real transition and liberation, was not even on the national agenda, political analyst and commentator Professor Somadoda Fikeni warned.
Somadoda Fikeni gives an inaugural Multilingualism Awareness Lecture
Date Released : 14/05/2012Political analyst and social commentator, Professor Somadoda Fikeni, will give a public lecture on the challenges of multilingualism in higher education tomorrow (15 May).
Guanxi with Rhodes leads to Chinese book donation
Date Released : 09/05/2012It was a rainy evening in early March when journalism alumni Wang Guoqin noticed the sign to the Confucius Institute while revisiting his alma mater with family and friends. His curiosity led him to Chinese Studies Professor Ma Yue, who still happened to be in his office.
Reverend fills in Xhosa language gaps
Date Released : 04/04/2013Amid a sea of young university students who will graduate from Rhodes University next weekend, 79-year-old reverend JC "Koos" Oosthuysen prepares to receive his doctorate in African Languages.
Language expert to launch a book during Festival
Date Released : 27/06/2013Prof Russell Kaschula, the National Research Foundation SARCHhi Chair of Intellectualism of African Languages will launch short story anthology as part of the Wordfest Programme on Sunday, 30 June 2012, in Eden Grove Red lecture theatre. The book is entitled Displaced, explores past and present complexities in South Africa.
Author Soga heading for Rhodes
Date Released : 15/07/2013By day Soga Mlandu oversees municipal administration but by night he writes short stories.
Xhosa legends’ literary works brought to life
Date Released : 10/09/2013Xhosa literature fanatics can look forward to further compilations of the written works of legendary authors like Samuel Edward Krune Mqhayi.
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Taking ownership of indigenous languages and learning
Date Released : 04/07/2014Higher education in an African context is the focus of two Research Chairs that explore fundamental issues about the delivery of higher learning.
Senior Teaching Award for 2013 – Ms Undine Weber
Date Released : 14/11/2014Language acquisition can be seen as a necessary means to an end, namely to develop understanding between people and cultures.
Ethics of poetic ethnicities
Date Released : 18/05/2015How I wish I could, like many, pretend that the ethics of poetry are engraved on a rock somewhere at the centre of the global village — an assumption that downplays the fact that one’s domicile, environment and experience directly informs his literary outlook.