With the recent announcement of the SAALT/SAALA/LSSA/ALASA/AFRILEX joint conference in June 2017, the SAALT chairperson, Professor Rinelle Evans, gives some useful tips on how to prepare an abstract for a conference or seminar presentation.
During the recent 2016 LSSA/SAALA/SAALT Conference, the SAALT life time award for language teaching was bestowed on Professor Johan M. Lenake. In her tribute to him, Professor Susan Coetzee-Van Rooy gave a brief overview of Professor Lenake’s achievements.
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Also read the NWU news item:
Taalveteraan word vereer vir ŉ leeftyd van onderrig
This year, the joint annual conference of LSSA, SAALA and SAALT took place at the University of the Western Cape and a total of 175 delegates registered.
"We wish to congratulate the conference organizing committee under the guidance of Professor Charlyn Dyers (photo left), Department of Linguistics host department and Centre for Multilingualism and Diversities Research (CMDR) on a well-organised and informative conference. Your hard work was greatly appreciated", says Prof. Rinelle Evans, newly elected SAALT chairperson.
The Lognostics site, maintained by Paul Meara, provides access to up to date research tools for people working in the field of Second Language Vocabulary Acquisition. It contains about everything you would need for research in this area: a comprehensive bibliography, free software packages, papers, ideas and bibliometric maps.
In South Africa, Sanet Steyn has developed an academic word list for Afrikaans.
"Television ... is an anti-experience and an anti-knowledge machine". Dr. Silvana Montanaro, MD, Psychiatrist, Montessori Teacher-Trainer. The Montesssori Method takes an uncompromising stand on barring all forms of screen time for the very young. And in this blog a Montessori mother is convinced that screen time impairs language development.
Is it an unbalanced point of view? We would like to now what the South African teaching community thinks. Further reading: Educational environment and materials - birth to age 12+
Language Testing Resources Website, maintained by Prof Glenn Fulcher, is probably the world's most comprehensive information source on language testing.
International organisations on language testing include the International Language Testing Association (ILTA), the European Association for Language Testing and Assessment (EALTA).
Closer to home, the Inter-institutional Centre for Language Development and Assessment (ICELDA) designs language tests, and supports research in language testing. Recently their focus has been on tests of academic literacy for all age groups.
Got any others? Let us know.