CANCELLED: Please note that the conference has been postponed until 2021. See: http://www.saalt.org.za/blog/salalssaalt-2020-conference-postponed
Zander Janse van Rensburg
Every once in a while one needs an excuse to visit the city of Grahamstown. Attending CLASA 2017 (Conference of the Language Associations of South Africa) created this opportunity to be surrounded by beautiful architecture and picturesque Eastern Cape scenery. Rhodes University, nestled within these surroundings, makes for the perfect conference venue.
Five language organisations joined forces to present their research innovations and resources. The end result was a well-organised conference supported by helpful officials, blended with thought-provoking presentations on African languages and language-related research. Top notch academics were granted the opportunity to share their research, which contributed to the main conference themes of multilingualism and transformation. Language practitioners and researchers gained valuable insights from presentations on linguistics, language policy planning, language teaching, and lexicography.
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.