Prof. Tobie van Dyk is professor of applied linguistics in the School of Languages at North-West University (NWU) in South Africa. Currently, he is project leader of four large-scale projects also involving international scholars. An exciting new endeavour is the national language audit of higher education institutions in South Africa. The South African Centre for Digital Language Resources (SADiLaR), under auspices of the National Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) and the Department of Science and Innovation (DSI), commissioned Prof. Van Dyk to lead this project. Formerly, Prof. Van Dyk was Head of the Centre for Academic and Professional Language Practice (CAPLP) and Director of the School of Languages, both at NWU.

As an applied linguist I strive to improve the  language ability and academic literacy levels of our students. Language testing and the advancement of multilingualism are my main foci. As a project manager and academic entrepreneur, I derive satisfaction from negotiating a common goal with a multidisciplinary team and setting everything in motion towards completing projects successfully. I collaborate with colleagues in the USA, Africa and Europe, in particular Belgium, the Netherlands and Sweden, at international level and at national level . More information on these are available under the tab “Portfolio of projects” on this site.

Tobie van Dyk