Academic writing support

Date: 2017-current
Role: Project leader in South Africa

The “Schrijfhulp Portaal“, initiated by the Katholiek Universiteit Leuven (KU-Leuven) is aimed at affording students the opportunity to get online support with academic writing. Four South African partners are also  involved, see: The main purpose of the project is to design, implement and refine an online writing tool in both Afrikaans (Skryfhulp Afrikaans) and English (Academic Writing Assistant), and if funding is secured, also in two African languages.


Writing, Information literacy, Reading (WIRED)

Date: 2016-current
Role: Project leader

This project is aimed at the development of a complete academic literacy course offered online for open and distance learning (ODL) students, or in a blended fashion for residential students. The project is currently in a pilot phase. The final implementation date is scheduled for February 2021. To learn more about this exciting project, watch the introductory video or download a poster presentation: WIRED poster.

Digital Language Resources: SADiLAR

Node for language testing and writing development

Date: 2016 – current
Role: Node manager

The South African Centre for Digital Language Resources (SADiLaR), as a multi-partner initiative, is the only humanities programme of its kind in South Africa and is a national research infrastructure. SADiLaR consists of a network of linked nodes consisting of a number of South African universities and agencies such as Unisa, the University of Pretoria, Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, the Inter-institutional Centre for Language Development and Assessment (ICELDA) and North-West University’s CTexT® unit.

I am currently project leader for three joint SADiLaR|ICELDA projects:

  1. Fair and diagnostic language testing
  2. A multilingual academic wordlist
  3. A multilingual learner corpus of academic writing