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 ... "