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The Language Education Department is a fast-growing department that is integral to the faculty’s teaching, research and community engagement endeavours. Regarding teaching, the department offers some 50 courses across four undergraduate and postgraduate programmes, aimed at producing language teachers who are competent in English, Afrikaans and/or isiXhosa, and who are at home in multilingual classes.

Research foci include early literacy with particular reference to the foundation phase, mother tongue and multilingual schooling, educational linguistics, literature and education, ICT’s in language education, youth literacy and poverty, and language policy in education.

What makes the department special, is the forging of a critical language/literacy-as-resource orientation within a decolonising frame.