Fair and diagnostic language testing

2017-current
Project leader

This project, within the SADiLaR ICELDA node, is aimed at providing fair and diagnostic language tests for academic purposes in the South African context. It includes two PhD studies under my supervision and the redesign of current academic literacy tests used for placement purposes. Apart from successful completion of the aforementioned studies, the project will also contribute to test data being available on a national platform for future use by other researchers.  Tests for use at secondary and higher education levels are available in six of the South African official languages, i.e. also contributing towards the advancing multilingualism. 

Learner corpus of academic writing

2017-current
Project leader

This project, within the SADiLaR ICELDA node, is aimed at collecting samples of academic writing of undergraduate students from all fields of study in at least two of the official languages of South Africa. The data will be used to inform the refinement of an online writing tool that can be used to the benefit of students across South Africa, e.g. in writing support courses.  As part of this project a complete tag set of typical errors that students make has been developed.

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