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.

Multilingual-learner-corpus

Multilingualism challenge

2019 – current
Project leader and content design

In support of the multilingual pedagogies approach adopted by the North-West University in order to successfully implement the their Language Policy and Plans, I took co-responsibility for the design of a multilingual challenge for current and prospective students to be exposed to a multilingual environment in a fun-filled manner. 

NWU Multilingualism challenge

Multilingual Academic Wordlist

Date: 2019-current
Role: Project leader

In many cases students may find it difficult and take longer to understand information that is not written in their home language. The aim of this project within the SADiLaR ICELDA node, is to create and deliver academic wordlists that will serve as a resource to students to assist them to better understand words used within the information they gather to complete their assignments and as a result enhance their academic career. The word lists are based on the Open Educational Resource Term Bank (OERTB), but have been expanded extensively. 

Referella

Date: 2019-current
Role: Project leader and content developer

This project is aimed at affording students the opportunity to develop their referencing skills in four different referencing styles. It allows guidance with, and ample opportunity for, practicing referencing in a self-directed and autonomous manner. This project is a collaborative effort between the NWU’s School of Languages and the NWU Libraries, see: https://library.nwu.ac.za/referella.

It is designed in a multimodal fashion and could be used as a so-called stand alone or as part of a blend in a modular fashion.

Referella-your referencing assistant

Write it

Date: 2019-current
Role: Project leader

This project is aimed at affording students support with academic writing development in a multimodal fashion. Educational videos (in all official South African languages, as well as sign language), worksheets and exercises on different levels (i.e. scaffolded) are available on seventeen topics associated with academic writing. This product can be used as a so-called stand alone or as part of a blend.