To celebrate International Mother Language Day, the Executive Committee members reflected on how we each became interested in language work, what our language dreams are for South Africa, and what our message would be to current and future teachers
ASSAf has engaged with scientists and other stakeholders around developing a Code of Conduct for Research (Popia Code) to ensure certainty, transparency, and clarity in the processing of personal information for research purposes. They are now inviting the scientific community to give their input.
Deadline: 12 February 2021.
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The UK's Association for Language Learning is putting together advice for language teachers related to ways of teaching a language safely in the context of COVID-19. The actual practice of language teaching usually involves significant pair and group work with lots of talking/singing etc.
On Wednesday 30 July, the South African Association for Language Teachers had their Annual General Meeting, held, in our present circumstances, in the form of a virtual Zoom meeting. In many respects, it confirmed our stability as an association, and the great potential there is for further growth.
A MENSCH HAS PASSED AWAY
In a beautiful booklet which can be downloaded at the end of this post. there is a biography of the beloved Prof. Johannes Lenake by Prof Susan Coetzee-Van Rooy, a close friend and colleague (UPSET, NWU). Spanning more than eleven pages, messages from colleagues and collaborators bear testimony to the enormous impact he had on people's lives, and to the love and respect for this remarkable man. During his career he wrote 16 school books in Southern Sotho, 14 academic handbooks for Southern Sotho, and a substantial offering of Afrikaans and English material used in schools. But this is just part of who he was. Prof. Coetzee-Van Rooy tells of anecdotes during the apartheid era and concludes:
"With his sharp intellect and deep humanity, Prof. Lenake disrupted unjust social order with great style. We learned so much from him."
During its 2016 Conference, SAALT bestowed a lifetime award on Prof. Lenake for his contribution to language teaching in South Africa.
" A huge tree has fallen ... "
"If we understand better how to teach languages, we could enhance the academic experiences of
The Journal for Language Teaching provides a quality outlet of language teaching research that adds value to this field that is unique. This is an important role in light of the relationship between language and academic success in South Africa, says the editor, Prof. Tobie van Dyk, as quoted in a report from the Academy of Science of South Africa. This year the Journal was subjected to independent scrutiny by the Committee on Scholarly Publishing in South Africa.
How to ask questions to help your child learn — an educational resource in Sepedi, IsiZulu, Afrikaans and English
With the COVID-19 pandemic globally schooling now occurs at home.
As parents and caregivers we are now the custodians of our children’s learning and we are partnering with teachers to support children to learn to think about content.
But how can we be useful to guide our children to learn?
New date proposed: 27-30 June 2021
It is with regret that we have to inform you of the Organising Committee’s decision to postpone the SALALS/SAALT 2020 Conference that was to be hosted in June/July this year.
CANCELLED: Please note that the conference has been postponed until 2021. See: http://www.saalt.org.za/blog/salalssaalt-2020-conference-postponed
The Faculty of Humanities at the University of Pretoria plans to host an interdisciplinary conference on children’s literature and storytelling in Africa. The conference will take place at the Future Africa Centre on the university’s tranquil Hillcrest campus from 30th to 31st March, 2020.