Applied Linguistics and Literacy
in Africa & the Diaspora Research Network

Who We Are & Member List

Co-Convenors – ReN Africa (AILA)

Dr. Sinfree Makoni, Department of Applied Linguistics and African and African American Studies, The College of Liberal Arts, Pennsylvania State UniversityDr. Sinfree Makoni

Department of Applied Linguistics and African and African American Studies, The College of Liberal Arts, Pennsylvania State University Sinfree Makoni is a Pan Africanist. He has held professional appointments at the University of the Western Cape, and the University of Swaziland. He currently teaches at Pennsylvania State University. He is co-author of “Language and Aging in Multilingual Contexts” which was short listed for Best Book in Applied Linguistics by the British Association of Applied Linguistics in 2006. He has co-edited numerous books including “Disinventing and Reconstituting Languages” (2007), “Black Linguistics”, “Language Society and Politics in Africa and the Americas” (2003), “Ageing in Africa: Sociolinguistic and Anthropological Approaches (2002), “Freedom and Discipline: Essays in Applied Linguistics from Southern Africa” (2001), and “Language and Institutions in Africa” (1999). He has published in a number of journals across the globe including The Indian Journal of Applied Linguistics, Per Linguam, the Southern African Journal of Applied Linguistics, TESOL QUARTERLY, Journal of Cross-Cultural Gerontology, Critical Inquiry in Language Studies, Journal of Language Identity and Education, and International Journal of Multilingual Research, and Current Issues in Language Planning. His main research interests are in urban African languages, popular culture, language and health, and police communication.

Dr. Bonny Norton, Professor, Department of Language and Literacy Education, University of British ColumbiaDr. Bonny Norton

Professor, Department of Language and Literacy Education,University of British Columbia Dr. Bonny Norton is Professor and Distinguished University Scholar in the Department of Language and Literacy Education, University of British Columbia, Canada. She is also Honorary Professor in the School of Education, University of Witwatersrand, South Africa, and Visiting Senior Research Fellow in the Department of Education, King’s College, University of London. Her award-winning research addresses identity and language learning, education and international development, and critical literacy. Recent publications include Identity and Language Learning (Longman/Pearson, 2000); Gender and English Language Learners (TESOL, 2004, w. A. Pavlenko); and Critical Pedagogies and Language Learning (Cambridge University Press, 2004, w. K. Toohey). Her forthcoming book, Applied Linguistics in the field: Local knowledge and HIV/AIDS, edited w. C. Higgins, is being published by Multilingual Matters. She edited the 1997 special issue of TESOL Quarterly on “Language and Identity,” and co-edited (w. Y. Kanno) the 2003 special issue of the Journal of Language, Identity, and Education on “Imagined Communities and Educational Possibilities.” She has served as Teaching Issues Editor of the TESOL Quarterly from 1994-2007, and is currently a series editor (w. V. Ramanathan and A. Pennycook) for Multilingual Matters and a Co-convenor (w. S. Makoni and P. Stein) of the AILA Africa research network on Applied Linguistics and Literacy. In 2003, she was awarded a UBC Killam Prize for Excellence in Teaching. Her website can be found at

Dr. Ashraf Abdelhay, Linguistics and English Language - University of EdinburghDr. Ashraf Abdelhay

Linguistics and English Language, Centre of Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies, Cambridge University, United Kingdom Dr. Abdelhay’s interest is in the area of language planning and policy, focusing on the relationship between language planning, ideology and power relations. His current research involves a critical analysis of the Naivasha language policy discourse and its implications for the question of national identity in the Sudan.

Steering Committee – ReN Africa (AILA)

L. Oladipo Salami, Associate Professor, Department of English, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-IfeL. Oladipo Salami

 Associate Professor, Department of English, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife Dr. Salami is an Associate Professor in the Department of English, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria. He has contributed to a number of books including Nigeria and Globalization: Discourses on Identity Politics and Social conflict (Center for Black and African Arts Civilization, 2004) and Explorations in the Sociology of Language and Religion (John Benjamins, 2006). He has publications in a number of international journals among which are Language in Society, Anthroplogical Linguistics, Journal of Asian and African Studies, ODU: Journal of West African Studies, SKASE: Journal of Theoretical Linguistics and Language Policy. His areas of research interest are language variation and use, language contact, bi/ multilingualism, language policy (national language, language and education) and language and identity.

Dr. Nkonko M. Kamwangamalu, Professor, Department of English, Howard UniversityDr. Nkonko M. Kamwangamalu

 Professor, Department of English, Howard University Nkonko M. Kamwangamalu is a Professor of Linguistics and Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of English at Howard University, Washington, DC. He is recognized internationally for his scholarship in the field of sociolinguistics, and more specifically in the areas of codeswitching, multilingualism, language policy and planning, world Englishes, language and identity, and African linguistics. He holds a PhD in Linguistics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and received a Fulbright award. Before joining Howard University, Dr Kamwangamalu taught linguistics at the National University of Singapore, the University of Swaziland, and the University of Natal in Durban, South Africa. Dr Kamwangamalu is Polity Editor for the Series Current Issues in Language Planning. He is a member of the editorial board of World Englishes, Language Policy, and Studies in Language Policy in South Africa. He has served as editor of Southern African Linguistics and Applied Language Studies, and as a manuscript consultant for the University of Natal Press, Multi- lingual Matters, TESOL Quarterly, Language Problems and Language Planning, Applied Linguistics, Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development, and Multilingua – Journal of Cross-Cultural and Interlanguage Communication. His publications include a co-edited book, Language and Institutions in Africa (2001), a monograph, The Language Planning Situation in South Africa (2001), some fifty peer-refereed articles, and book-length special issues he has guest-edited for Multilingua 17 (1998), International Journal of the Sociology of Language 144 (2000), World Englishes 21 (2002) and Language Problems and Language Planning (2005). Dr Kam- wangamalu has presented over fifty scholarly papers at professional meetings in Africa, Asia, Europe and the Americas.

Ulrike Hanna Meinhof


Ulrike Hanna Meinhof Professor, School of Humanities, University of Southampton.  





Mastin Prinsloo Mastin Prinsloo School of Education, University of Cape Town Mastin Prinsloo is an Associate Professor in the School of Education, University of Cape Town and Director of the Centre for Applied Language and Literacy Studies in South Africa (CALLSSA). His fields of interest include the New Literacy Studies and literacy and language in contemporary and historical social practice, including early childhood literacy, digital literacies and adults’ literacies. He was the Convener of the AILA Scientific Commission on Literacy from 1999 to 2003.

ReN Newsletter Editor

Dr. Medadi Ssentanda Medadi SsentandaMedadi is a Lecturer in the Department of African Languages at Makerere University in Uganda, having completed his PhD at Stellenbosch University in South Africa. He is also a Research Associate in the Department of General Linguistics at Stellenbosch University. Medadi is particularly interested in language policy and early literacy development, and how it is manifested in the classroom and multilingual education. He is looking forward to his new role within the research network, and we thank Medadi most sincerely for his generous service.

ReN Webmaster

Espen Stranger-Johannessen Department of Language and Literacy Education, University of British Columbia Espen Stranger-Johannessen has a background form women studies and comparative and international education, and is now working towards a doctorate in language and literacy education. His research is on how the African Storybook Project promotes literacy in Uganda.

ReN Africa Members


 Research Interests:
Marianne AaronPhD Researcher, Reading UniversityMultilingual Education in the South-South of Nigeria

Dr. Carolyn Temple Adger

Director, LanguageA in Society Division Center for Applied Linguistics, Washington, DC (Language in Society) USA Multilingual education; mother tongue education; language and literacy.
Mangesh AdgokarAssistant professor, Department of English, G. S. Tompe Arts, Commerce & Science College, Chandur-Bazar, Amravati, M.S. IndiaLanguage, literature, linguistic and phonetics
Dr. Joseph Benjanmin Archibald AffulDepartment of English, Faculty of Arts, University of Cape Coast, GhanaAcademic literacy (writing), disciplinary discourse (variation), sociolinguistics, postgraduate pedagogy, (critical) discourse analysis, and general linguistics.
Christopher Uchenna Agbedo
Ph.D, Senior Lecturer
Linguistics & Nigerian Languages, University of Nigeria, Nsukka Nigeria
Linguistic variation studies, language planning, translation studies, discourse analysis, pragmatics, contact linguistics, language attitude studies, child language acquisition, language teaching theories/methodologies, needs analysis, aphasia.
Joseph AhaotuUniversity of Port Harcourt, Department of English StudiesSociolingistics, applied linguistics
Claire Aitchison
Senior lecturer, Learning Skills Unit, University of Western Sydney, AustraliaAcademic literacies, especially in the field of doctoral
writing and writing for publication; writing as a social activity,
particularly as evidenced in writing groups and through peer review.

Cate Almon

Professional Assistant – ESL ESL Department, Northampton Community College, USARetention and engagement of multilingual students in community college settings, as well as their academic and computer literacy development.
Dr. Samuel AndemaLanguages and Literature Department, Kyambogo University UgandaDigital Literacy and Teacher training, the Role of NGOs in the Promotion of Reading Culture in Africa, Literacy and Peace building, Literacy and Poverty Eradication, Family Literacy, Literacy Practices in Crises Areas, Language Policy and Mother Tongue Education.
David Anyandwile
Community Worker, Kahama District in Shinyang region, Tanzania.
Language, literacy and development; cultural orientation
and literacy levels in Shinyang region, Tanzania.

Marlene Asselin

Associate Professor, Language and Literacy Education, University of British Columbia, CanadaNew literacies and social media, Information literacy, School librarianship in international contexts, Teacher education and literacy education in Ethiopia

Elsa Auerbach

English Department, University of Massachusetts at Boston USAAdult education and literacy, participatory curriculum development, English as an Additional Language, worker education, teacher education.

Olushola Bamidele Are

Arts and Social Sciences, Kogi State Polytecnic, Lokoja
Literacy and reading in L2 contexts

Research Interest

Margaret Loyce Baleeta

Language Education, Bugema University UGANDALiteracy and applied linguistics

Dr. Gary Barkhuizen

Applied Language Studies and Linguistics, University of Auckland, New Zealand Sociolinguistics, language teaching and learning, teacher education, narrative inquiry
Dr. Phylis BartooDepartment of Literature, Language and Linguistics, Egerton University, KenyaLanguage education, identity and language variation

Dr. Hassan Belhiah

Center for Academic Development, Al-Akhawayn University in IfraneMoroccoTESOL, second language acquisition, conversation analysis, nonverbal communication, literacy skills, language policy and language planning.
Jean Baptist Bigirimana
Arts Department, Katholiek University Leuven
Researcher, Arts Department, Katholiek University Leuven, BelgiumTranslations Studies, Linguistics, Terminology, Lexicology, Semantics, Sociolinguistics, Cross-cultural studies, Literature, Education, Policy Analysis and Management, International Politics, M&E
Ezekiel Tunde Bolaji
Department of Theatre Arts, Adeniran Ogunsanya College of Education, Oto/Ijankin, NigeriaLinguistics (Phonology and morphology especially as it relates to the Yoruba language)
Dr. Joseph BothaWits School of Education – Curriculum Division South Africa Teaching of reading and writing in primary schools, in particular problems with poor literacy in African languages

Wendy Brown

Director of Education, Department of Education, Children of the NationsProviding education and care for orphans and destitute children in Sierra Leone, Malawi, and Uganda.

Grace Bunyi

School and Department: Kenyatta University, School of Education KenyaLanguage policy and practice, multilingual classroom talk, use of African languages in education and language and educational inequalities.

Anitra Butler

Associate Proffesor, Teacher Education and Early Childhood Education, Prince George’s Community CollegeInclusive primary and secondary education for individuals with special needs within the developing communities of the African Diaspora and the incorporation of assistive technologies
Alick Kadango Bwanali
University of Malawi, Centre for Language StudiesMalawiTerminology Development in African (Malawian) Indigenous Languages; Examining existing linguistic forms of indigenous terms with the goal to use already existing strategies of language development to inform further terminology development in African Languages.

Research Details

Suresh CanagarajahPennsylvania State University, Departments of Applied Linguistics and English Sri Lanka and USABilingualism, discourse analysis, academic literacy, ethnography, critical practice.
Cecelia Cassell
Department of Language and Social Sciences Education, University of Botswana, Gaborone, BotswanaAn Assessment of the Teacher Training Reading Curricular Implemented at Teacher Training Institutions in Liberia
Mr. Ian CheffySIL International and Lancaster University United KingdomLiteracy and development, literacy and globalisation, adult literacy programmes, adult literacy methodology, literacy practices in rural contexts, ethnographic research, multilingual education, and minority language development
Andrew Chimpololo
Continuing Education Centre, University of MalawiLanguage and education, language policy and planning, bilingual education and English language teaching.
John Clegg
Graduate School of Education, University of  Bristol, United KingdomLanguage in education in Africa; Multilingual education; Content and language integrated learning
Allie Cleghorn,
Professor, Department of Education - Educational Studies, Concordia UniversityLanguage issues in primary and pre-primary education in
Kenya, Zimbabwe, and South Africa; effects of globalization on teachers'
thoughts and practice in India, Canada, and South Africa
Ms. Brigid Goitse ContehCommunication and Study Skills Unit, University of Botswana, BotswanaEnglish Language Education, Verbal and written classroom discourse, English for Academic/specific purposes, e-learning, instructional materials development
D Research Interests
David Dankwa-Apawu
Ghana Institute of Journalism, AccraLanguage testing in ESL contexts, Language learner identities, cross-cultural communication, creative writing, and teacher education
Diane Dagenais
Faculty of Education, Simon Fraser University CanadaSecond language education with a focus on language learning in contexts of sociocultural diversity, immigration, bilingualism, multilingualism, literacy, and bilingual (immersion) programs.
Cathy Davidson
SIL International Africa Area Cameroon Adult education, development of literacy skills (particularly in adults), training and capacity building.
Pierre de Galbert
Independent Researcher, UgandaEducation in Africa, Literacy and Numeracy, Language of Instruction.
Iutung Denis
Dept of Statistics and Economics, Gulu University, Uganda
Quantitative research methods; Questionnaire design, data collection, entry, analysis and report writing.
Ms. Snoeks Desmond
Family Literacy ProjectThe impact of parental reading with children on the development of early literacy skills, especially in Africa; and the long term benefits of this interest by parents in their children’s reading habits.
Hanlie Dippenaar
Lecturer, Humanities Education, University of PretoriaWhat is academic language proficiency; Language across
the curriculum; community engagement, academic service-learning and how
could that be used to improve students' learning.
Ms. Kerryn Dixon
Department of Languages, Wits School of Education, University of the Witwatersrand South Africa Early childhood literacy, language policy, teacher education
Dr. Okaka Dok
Kyambogo University, LiteratureLanguage, Literature, film
Keith DoustSIL
Saidi Omar Dramani
Islamic University in Uganda - Arua Campus , UgandaLexicography of less documented languages, and applied linguistics in general.
Ms. Iris DumendenSchool of Educational Studies, Faculty of Education, La Trobe University AustraliaThe learning needs (literacy and ESL) of young adult refugees from Africa who have had minimal or severely interrupted schooling before arriving in Australia.
Eric Dwyer
Associate professor – Foreign Language Education, USA, Teaching and Learning Dept., Florida International University and National University of RwandaContributions of local knowledge into second language pedagogy
Charlyn Dyers Associate Professor, Dept Linguistics, University of the Western Cape, UgandaSpace, migration and multillingualism; focus on newly integrated townships in the Cape Town area to find out how people are negotiating the new space and issues of identity through language.
E Research Interests
Christine Earnshaw
CODE CanadaMother-tongue and/or bilingual education; language issues and children’s book publishing; teaching instruction in primary schools; literacy and program development; community and school libraries; reading promotion
Dr. Grabriel Bassey Egbe
Department of English and Literary Studies, Veritas University, Abuja (The Catholic University of Nigeria)Investigating reading, writing and literacy challenges among learners of all categories especially where English is used as a second language.
Rabaa El-Tayeb
English Department, Faculty of Education- Aljouf University
Kingdom of Saudia Arabia
Research Interests: sociolingusitics, psycholinguistics, language Motivation and attitudes, impact of globalization on language, gender and language
Craig Esbeck
Program Director, Lango Literacy Project, Mango TreeEarly primary literacy in African home languages

Norma Evans

 Senior Research Associate, Education Development Center, International Education, Education Development Center, USABilingual education; teachers’ perceptions of literacy development and effective reading/writing instructional practices; effective pre-service/ inservice literacy training models; professional standards for literacy instruction
Dr. Rinelle Evans
Humanities Education, University of PretroiaTeacher education in English language methodology;
Face-to-face instructional design and communication; and classroom
F Research Interests
Dr. Gibson Ferguson
Member and Treasurer of the BAAL Language in Africa SIG, Department of English Language and Linguistics, University of Sheffield United Kingdom
Language Policy and Planning, Language in Education, Teacher Education, and Language Testing.
Ekwaro Francis
Lecturer, East African School of Library & Information Science, Makerere UniversityCommunity Literacy, Information Literacy, Adult
Literacy, ICTs and Literacy among others.

G Research Interests
M.B.A. Gabriel
Department of African languages and linguistics, University of Yaounde 1
Language education in multilingual settings,
Pragmatics (socio and pragmalinguistics), Language material development,
literacy education and planning, politeness studies in African and
non-African languages, and language in social contexts.
Ms. Paula Gains
The Molteno Project: Language Literacy and Educator Development South Africa Early literacy pedagogy in a multilingual context and the centrality of the conceptualizations, identity and actions of the early literacy teacher.
Toni GennrichDepartment of Languages, Literacies and Literatures, University of the WitwatersrandTeachers' literate identities, literature teaching, digital literacy
Agatha J. van Ginkel
Multilingual education consultancy, NetherlandsMother tongue literacy, bilingual education, transfer literacy from the L2 to L1, language planning and policy, testing and evaluation of reading.
Dr. Barbara E Graham
Mother Tongue Education Dept, BTL / SIL, KenyaMultilingual Education
Dr. Audrey Grant A. Faculty of Education, La Trobe University Australia East African education and Australia: post-colonial ‘Africanisation’ policy; (with John Kole) Kenyan schooling and international students; (with Sarah Hasaba) women, literacy and poverty reduction.
Tersia GouwsFund Development Officer, South African National Council for the Blind & Optima College for Visually ImpairedBraille Literacy, Braille Production, Funding
H Research Interests
Christian HarrisSenior Legal Officer, Faculty of Law, University of Namibia1.Human rights of linguistic minorities
2. Development of African languages for use in all aspects of governance
Dr. Sarah Hasaba
Post-Doctoral Fellow, United Nations University, Tokyo, Uganda and JapanLiteracy learning and education for rural women; gender inequality and inequity, poverty and illiteracy among rural communities in developing countries.

Monica Hendricks
 Institute for the Study of English in Africa, Rhodes University South AfricaInto children’s classroom writing in English, Afrikaans and isiXhosa; sense of self and identity that emerges from classroom writing.
Sarita Monjane Henrikson
 PhD Candidate, Roskilde University – Department of Culture and Identity DenmarkLanguage in Education Planning and Policy, Bilingual/Multilingual Education
Dr. Christina HigginsDepartment of Second Language Studies, University of Hawaii at Manoa United States  Sociolinguistics of multilingualism in East Africa: Linguistic and cultural hybridity in Swahili and English discourse; globalization and language use; crosscultural communication in HIV/AIDS education.
Dr. Hizzaya Hissani UPLIFT Uganda Adult Literacy Methodology
Patience Afrakoma Hmensa
Student of the Open University, Lecturer at the University of GhanaLanguage use in advertising, in general media, in
second-language situations and in technologically mediated communication; multilingualism & linguistic landscapes
Dr. John Holmes
 School of Education, University of Leeds United Kingdom Mother tongue literacy, postcolonial language teaching methodologies, community based education.
IResearch Interests
Anette Islei
Visiting Lecturer, Department of Education, Mountains of the Moon University
Development of language education in Uganda
Unyierie Idem
Department of Language Studies, Holyoke Community College USAApplied linguistics, second language acquisition, ESL reading and Writing, bi/multilingualism, language planning and policy,
orthogragraphy writing, African languages development and maintenance.
J Research Interests
Abudulai Jakalia
Department of English Education, University of Education, Winneba, GhanaChildren's literacy, reading habits formation, early childhood literacy and language methodology
Dr. Dudu Jankie
Department of Languages & Social Sciences Education, Faculty of Education University of Botswana, Botswana Language, literacy and literature education, postcolonial and culturally relevant/appropriate pedagogical approaches, multicultural teacher education, comparative education, as well as curriculum and policy issues.
Prof. Hilary Janks Applied English Language Studies, School of Education, University of the Witwatersrand South Africa Critical literacy, language and literacy education, postgraduate pedagogy, language policy
Ms. Shelley JonesDepartment of Language and Literacy Education, University of British Columbia CanadaGender, education, literacy and international development; global education
Kasper Juffermans
Post Doctorate,
School of Humanities,Tilburg University
I worked on literacy and multilingualism ('local languaging') in The Gambia and am broadly interested in language and literacy ideologies, education and identity in Africa and Europe.
K Research Interests
Ms. Namugenyi Deborah Kaggwa
 Kyambogo University Home language and its role in the development of literacy skills in young bilinguals
Dr. Doris Muhwezi Kakuru
Department of Sociology, Makerere University Uganda Gender and education; children affected and made vulnerable by HIV/AIDS
Timothée Mukash Kalel, Professor
University of Kinshasa, Departement of letters and african civilisations
DR Congo
syntactic description et lexicology; contrastive analysis French-Bantu languages.
Dr. Seraphin Kamdem
Teaching Fellow, Dept. of Languages and Cultures of Africa, School of Oriental and African studies (SOAS), University of London
United Kingdom and Cameroon
Applied Linguistics, Bilingual education, Adult literacy, African languages, Language policy and planning, Grassroots community development, Language learning, Teacher training, Sociolinguistics.
Prof. Nkonko M. Kamwangamalu Department of English, Howard University United StatesLanguage policy and planning, language and identity, codeswitching, World Englishes, African Linguistics.
Gregory Kamwendo
Department of Languages & Social Sciences Education, University of Botswana, Botswana Linguistics (mainly language teaching and learning); language planning and language policy.
Jill KarlikCentre for Translation StudiesInterpreting in church-related settings,
Linguistic analysis, Orthography development, Literacy development
Dr. Daniel Kasule
Department of Primary Education, University of Botswana, BotswanaLanguage in education; Verbal interaction in L2 classrooms; Learning through a second language; Literacies.
Jenny Katz
Research and Development, Molteno Institute for Language and Literacy, South AfricaThe analysis of first language acquisition of indigenous South African languages by children and establishing a connection to these children’s emergent reading skills and strategies.
Deo Kawalya
Assistant Lecturer, Linguistics, ELS & CSK at Makerere UniversityResearch on lexicography and grammar. I have worked on a number of dictionaries especially in my mother tongue Luganda.
Ms. Elspeth KempeDepartment of Applied English Language Studies, University of the Witwatersrand South AfricaWays of helping students form communities of practice within their learning and teaching contexts, as an aid towards building empowered identities.
Dr. Maureen Kendrick
Language and Literacy Education Department, University of British Columbia Canada Literacy as a social practice; multimodality and ethnography.
Dr. Caroline Kerfoot
Senior Lecturer, Centre for Research on Bilingualism, Stockholm University, SwedenMultilingualism and identities; language and literacy
education in bi-/multilingual contexts; academic literacy; educational
applications of systemic functional (Hallidayan) linguistics; literacy and
Abdellah Khaloub
Specialist in Literacy, The Directorate of the Fight Against Illiteracy, Ministry of National Education, MoroccoTraining of trainers in literacy; Planning literacy programs linked to local development; Literacy and empowerment; literacy and competency approach; literacy and awareness.
Mr. Swallows Mbuyiselo Henning Khume
 HOD of History and IT at Fezeka High School, South Africa
Ulla Kite
M.A FIL.FRSA, Department of Modern Languages, Dulwich College, United KingdomOn International Committee with Rotary Club London, researching literacy in Africa, countries most in need. Distribution of dictionaries in connection with "The Dictionary 4 Life Project"
Rudy Klaas
Summer Institute of Linguistics (SIL) Senegal local language literacy
Dr. Toyin Kolawole
Agricultural Extension and Rural Development, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria My research interests cut across a number of thematic areas in Development Studies, including local knowledge in agriculture, rural employment promotion, adult literacy and community development.
Mr. John Kole
Department of Educational Studies, La Trobe University Australia Curriculum differentiation, Pedagogy, student learning needs, international education, and counselling.
Dr. Katalin Egri Ku-Mesu
Department of Educational Studies, University of York, Adam Smith College United Kingdom The African literary ecosystem, reading for pleasure in Africa, censorship and publishing in Africa, multilingualism, cross-cultural communication, English language teaching/teacher training
Sarah Mirembe Kyankya
Editor, National Curriculum Development CentreWriting children's story books that sell.
How to interest the children in reading ... how to create a reading culture in a poor society
Dr. Robinah Kyeyune
Department of Humanities and Language Education, School of Education at Makerere University, Uganda literacy development, language education policy, language curriculum development, second language teaching and materials developmnent, language teacher education and development
Dr. Clement Olusegun Olaniran Kolawole
Teacher Education Dept., University of Ibadan, Nigeria (on sabbatical at University of Education, Winneba, Ghana)English language/bilingual education, curriculum & instruction and literacy promotion among elementary/secondary students and out-of-school adolescents in Nigeria.
L Research Interests
Sandra Land
Department of Education, Centre for Adult Education, University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa Adult literacy, particularly in
Zulu, family literacy, language use in Southern Africa
Keabetswe Lekopanye
Junior Lecturer, Center for Academic and Profession Language Practice, North West University, South AfricaApplied linguistics; Academic Literacy.
Dr. Lia Litosseliti
Department of Language and Communication Science, City University, United Kingdom Gender, Language and Discourse (including in African contexts); Research methodologies (especially focus groups).
Prof. Alison Love
Department of English, National University of Lesotho, LesothoDiscourse analysis in political and institutional discourse in Southern Africa, discourse of academic disciplines, pragmatics.
Lynne, WatanabeDepartment of Teacher Preparation - Literacy, Arizona State UniversityEarly language and literacy;
Reading and writing genres-particularly informational text;
How context and culture shape young children’s abilities to learn, participate in, contribute to, and sustain the literacy practices within their communities;
Southern Africa
M Research Interests
Prof. Sinfree Makoni
Department of Applied Linguistics and African and African American Studies, The College of Liberal Arts, Pennsylvania State University, United StatesGerontology, urban multilingualism, identities, popular culture and music
Andrew Manyawu
Language and Social Education Dept., National University of LesothoDiscourse analysis, literacy and language education
Jaqueline Marshall
SIL, Literacy and Education Coordinatorliteracy, multilingual education, literacy materials development, language policy, African languages
Ms. Evelyn Markwei
School of Library, Archival and Information Studies, University of British Columbia, Canada The role of information in poverty alleviation among women in rural and deprived urban communities in Ghana; their information needs, information seeking behaviour, sources of information, and problems encountered in accessing information for poverty alleviation.
Dr. Dawn Marley>
Department of Languages and Translation Studies University of Surrey, United Kingdom Language attitudes in Morocco, and role and status of French in Morocco.
Professor Marilyn Martin-Jones
School of Education, University of Birmingham, United Kingdom Bilingual discourse practices and multilingual literacy.
Mrs. Janet Marx
 Applied English Language Studies, University of the Witwatersrand, South AfricaSystemic evaluation in reading in primary school children in multilingual contexts. I am interested in the notion of what constitutes a literate subject in today’s global knowledge economy.
Marika Matengu
Windhoek, NamibiaThe local definitions of quality of pre-primary education in marginalized contexts, particularly the implications of my research to teacher training and professional development.
Mr. Sekepe Daniel Matjila
Centre for Pan African Languages and Cultural Development, South AfricaEducation and Multilingual and Multicultural Setting
Mrs. Lits’episo Matlosa
Departments of Linguistics and Deaf Education, University of Witwatersrand, South Africa Language policy and planning; Deaf education; gender, democracy and disability issues.
Dr. El Hadji Mansour Mboup
 Department of English, Lycée de Bargny, SenegalHistoriography and linguistics, particularly Sociolinguistics; Rastafarians of Jamaica particularly Marcus Garvey and Bob Marley.
Dr. Carolyn McKinney
School of Education, University of Cape Town, South Africa
Critical literacy and critical pedagogy; language and identity; language, race and gender in education.
Prof. Ulrike Meinhof
Centre for Transnational Studies, School of Modern Languages,University of Southampton, United KingdomDiscourse and identity. Ethnographic research on transnational networks of migrants, especially musicians from African countries, in multicultural neighbourhoods across European borders , provincial regions and cities.
Megan M. Meyer
 Community and Behavioral Health Promotion, Zilber School of Public Health, Milwaukee, The United StatesPublic health
Moses MinangAssistant lecturer, University of Buea, CameroonEnglish stylistics and lexicology, corpus linguistics at the service of writing, language planning and multilingual practices
Ms. Penelope G. Moanakwena
 Communication and Study Skills Unit, University of Botswana, BostwanaLiteracies for the information society and issues of closing the digital gap; implications for the classroom practice.
Francis Ibe Mogu Ph.D.
 Ph.D., Associate Professor of English, English & Literary Studies, University of Calabar, NigeriaAfrican Literature (Colonial, Postcolonial to the Present); African-American Literature in the 18th, 19th and 20th Centuries; Gender / Women’s Studies (Black Feminist Criticism); Caribbean Literature (C18th to C20th); English Literature (Medieval, Renaissance, Restoration to the Twentieth Century); Critical Theory (From Plato to Contemporary Times).
Abdulla H. Mohamed
Dept of Education, The State University of Zanzibar, TanzaniaLanguage and Education (Problems encountered by students who use L2 as their medium of Learning and Assessment), Educational Quality and Effectiveness and Classroom Teaching and Learning
MaryFaith Mount-CorsEdIntersect, LLCreading and literacy research with teachers, home environments, parents, and community aspects; gender
Tshepo Moroka
Student, University of Botswana, Botswana
Language policy issues
Maarten Mous
Leiden University, African Languages and CulturesGrammar, lexicon and verbal art of African languages, in particular Cushitic (Iraqw, Alagwa, Konso) and Bantu (Tunen, Ma'a/Mbugu, Pare, Swahili) and Seereer.
Dr Kizitus Mpoche
(Senior Lecturer) Department of English, University of Yaounde Cameroon Language Acquisition, Language Description, Language Education and Communication, Multilingual/Multicultural Issues.
Nomalanga Mpofu (PhD), Director - Academy of Teaching and Learning
Chinhoyi University of TechnologyChinhoyi University of Technology ZimbabweShona grammar; Lexicography and lexicology; Cognitive linguistics; Sociolinguistics; Semantics;
Issues in higher education.
Cyrus Kabucwa Murage
Bible Translation & Literacy, KenyaDevelopment of literacy through mother tongue education programmes for adults.
Sarah Murray
 Department of Education, Rhodes University South AfricaInitial literacy in bilingual contexts (i.e. first four years of schooling).
Dr. Abolaji Samuel Mustapha
Dept. of English, Lagos State University, NigeriaSociolinguistics – language and gender, language variation and change, multilingualsim, language policy and planning, politeness & speech functions, pidgins and creoles, discourse; applied linguistics, language teaching (teaching ESL).
Dr. Margaret J. Muthwii
 Africa Area Translations Services, United Bible SocietiesLanguage issue in African context as it interacts with society, education, development, literacy, policy and planning. African linguistics; multilingualism; text/Bible translation; Literacy and publishing in African languages.
Robert Munganda, Education Officer
Ministry of Education, National Institute for Educational Development (NIED)Ministry of Education, National Institute for Educational Development (NIED)Language policy in education, language teaching, language development, language attitudes and acquisition (L1&L2), literature (African), curriculum development and curriculum studies, educational research.
Emmanuel Muterere
Dept. of Rural Development, NOGIP-BIHARAMULO
Redressing the language barrier to knowledge transfer to semi-literate small-scale farmers
Sal Muthayan
International Relations and Special Projects, Public Administration and Leadership Academy, South AfricaSouth-South partnerships using indigenous and
participatory methodologies to build capacity in Africa and the South.
Daniel Mutin
Department of Business Studies, Mountain View Advent College - Kamonkoli,
Education and Development
Harriet Mutonyi
Centre for Cross Faculty Inquiry, University of British Columbia CanadaAdolescent health, HIV/AIDS and Education
Lydia Mwangi
Department of Languages, Open Doors for Special Learners, UgandaThe integration, and interplay, of reading and writing in the classroom and beyond.
Dr. Chongo Musonda Mwila
School Operations, Abu Dhabi Education CouncilGender literacy and its impact on language and
literacy development; The use of English as a medium of instruction in
bilingual and multilingual contexts
Dr Hizzyz Hissani Mwani
Uplift Uganda, UgandaThe impact of a significant and widespread literacy program for community development, for the individual and for local institutions; parameters defined as sufficient to meet Millennium Development Goals and applied in an African regional context, with use of African traditional communication and methodology.
N Research Interests
Dr. Jacinta Ndambuki
Communication Studies Department, Laikipia University, KenyaApplied Linguistics research with particular interest in Critical Discourse Analysis (gender and political discourse); academic literacy/writing
Dr. Stephen Ndawula
Teacher Education Department, Kyambogo University
Enhancing Literacy with Pedagogical ICT: the Case of Lower Primary Teachers in Uganda
Mr. Finex Ndhlovu
 Department of Linguistics, Monash University, AustraliaLanguage policy and politics, language and power, minority languages and their maintenance (special focus on Southern Africa), language endangerment and language revitalization.
Denise Newfield
English Department, University of the Witwatersrand, South AfricaLiterature in education; multiliteracies and multimodality; contemporary youth poetry in Africa; poetry in Africa; curricular development; innovative pedagogies; working in contexts of disadvantage.
Willy Ngaka
School of Adult and Higher Education, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Uganda Intergenerational Literacy Learning, Lifelong learning, Language and Literacy Policy issues, and Literacies and capabilities.
Dr. Mtholeni N. Ngcobo
Dept of Linguistics, University of South Africa, South Africa
Language Policy and Planning, Corpus Linguistics,
Language and ICTs, Literature, Sociolinguistics, Development and Policy
Studies, African Politics and History, Critical, Cultural and Post-modern Theories.
Dr. Pamela Ngugi
Kiswahili Dept., Kenyatta University, KenyaChildren' literature; reading habits; sociology of
Jacob Marriote Ngwaru
Institute of Education, National Centre for Language and Literacy, United KingdomHome and school literacy practices of children in countries where L1 is not the LoI; and school, child and parent partnership in those contexts.
Justina Atemajong Njika
PhD, Dept. of English, University of Yaounde I, Higher Teacher Training College, (ENS), Cameroon
language studies and related teaching methodologies and
learning (ESL/EFL), Discourse Analysis, Language Acquisition, Error
Analysis, Research methodology, African linguistics.
Bonny Norton
Department of Language and Literacy Education, University of British Columbia, Canada Identity and language learning, education and development, and critical literacy.
Chikwanka Nsama
Founder & Team Leader, Read Beyond Zambiascientific context-specific study on the link between
adult literacy and children's literacy development; importance of environment in literacy skills development.
Richard Nzogi
Linguistics at SIL, UgandaApplied phonological, morphophonemic, and morphological research, especially its application to design of practical orthographies for hitherto unwritten or inadequately written languages
O Research Interests
Shelley O'
Language and early literacy development (birth to 8 years); approaches to supporting young children's literacy; working with parents and caregivers
Dr. Simeon Oziri Ogbonna
Independent Consultant, NigeriaLanguage, literacy and learning; language policy; bilingual/biliteracy education; use of language in primary education; mother tongue education; literacy assessment.
O.J. Alfred Ogot
Tutor of English Language, Languages Department, Rubengera Teacher Training College Rwanda ICT for Teaching and Learning; Language teaching and Learning; HIV/AIDS Prevention and care; Community Education and Training
Robert Kizito Ojok
National Program Coordinator - Global Water Initiative Project, Water and Sanitation, Catholic Relief Services, Uganda Community-centred development with optimal contributions locally focusing on water and sanitation as well as using rights-based approach.
Lone Elizabeth Olebile
PhD Student, Language and Literacy Department, University of Georgia (USA), Botswana and USA Indigenous literacy, reading education, minority literacy, emergent literacy, and adolescent literacy.
Phillip Oketcho
Secondary, Indigenous Languages Specialist at National Curriculum Development CentreIndigenous African languages; corpus linguistics; literacy; lexicography; Grammar; phonetics/phonology; morphosyntax.
Dr. Tope Omoniyi
English Language & Linguistics, School of Arts, Roehampton University, London, United KingdomLanguages in education, policy, literacy & development, sociology of language & religion, language & identity in transnational communities, African diaspora, and popular culture; Language issues in EU accession & identity.
Mr. George Ladaah Openjuru
Institute of Adult and Continuing Education, Makerere University, Uganda Rural communities literacy practices; development of adult literacy programmes for rural peoples; adult literacy education policies and rural communities uses of reading and writing in everyday life.
Dr. Kwasi Opoku-Amankwa
Associate professor, Department of Publishing Studies, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and
Multilingualism and ELL; early and adolescent literacy;
materials development and textbooks studies; discourse analysis; language in
the media
Dr. Oyinloye Gabriel Oludele
Department of Curriculum Studies, University of Ado-Ekiti, NigeriaPreperation of pre-service teachers at the university level; capacity building for primary and secodary schools teachers; English language and mother tongue.
Abdulmalik Yusuf OfemileUniversity of NottinghamMy research involves analysis of multimodal corpus data to examine communication in new forms of digital records and emerging interaction contexts such as Human-Agent Interaction
P Research Interests
Dr. Kate Parry
Department of English at Hunter College, City University of New York, United StatesCommunity libraries, culture and literacy, reading, Uganda, English language learning.
Mary Pearce
Africa Linguistics Coordinator (SIL) and Associate International Linguistics Coordinator at SIL InternationalPhonology, tone, orthography, vowel harmony, metrical rhythm, Chadic languages, Kera (Chadic), African linguistics, language description, orthography development, sociolinguistics, African linguistics training courses
Dr. Kristen Perry
Department of Curriculum and Instruction, University of Kentucky, United StatesLiteracy development and culture, particularly in African communities; home and community practices of literacy; immigrant and refugee children; literacy brokering; family literacy
Kathryn Phillip
Academic Librarian

University of Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, Nigeria
Reference Information dissemination with focus on literacy advocacy and education to non- academic communities.
Benjamin Piper
Senior Education Research Analyst, Education Policy Systems, RTI International, EthiopiaIntersection of early literacy, language policy and literacy interventions in Sub-Saharan Africa.
Dr. Elizabeth Platt
Dept. Middle & Secondary Education, Florida State University, United StatesEarly second language learning processes, also language & education policy w/r/t English language learners in Florida
Kwesi Kwaa Prah
The Centre for Advanced Studies of African Society (CASAS) , South AfricaHarmonization and Standardization of African Languages Orthographies
Margie Probyn
Institute for the Study of English in Africa, Rhodes University South AfricaLanguage and learning in multilingual contexts; language in education policy and practice; language and science learning; teacher education and development; English additional language teaching and learning.
R Research Interests
Prof. Pauline Rea-Dickins
Visiting Professor, University of
Bristol, Aga Khan University, Institute for Educational Development - Eastern Africa
United Kingdom
language testing and assessment, in particular
classroom-based assessment, ethical assessment practice and social justice
in assessment, medium of instruction and scholastic achievement, researching
language classrooms, language programme evaluation
Ms. Yvonne Reed
Applied English Language Studies, School of Education, University of the Witwatersrand, South AfricaMaterials development for distance education and for language textbooks for schools; assessment issues in language and literacy education; the construction of subject English in schools
Ms. JeDene Reeder
SIL International, United StatesAdult literacy in minority languages; sociolinguistics; orthography development (newly written languages); organizational leadership and development
Prof. Stanley Ridge
Office of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic), University of the Western Cape, South Africa Discourse studies of contemporary and historical texts, language policy and planning, actual use of languages in multilingual situations.
Dr. Elaine Ridge
Curriculum Studies, University of Stellenbosch, South AfricaTeacher Education relating to EFL in Africa; language acquisition of English in EFL contexts; extensive reading; South African children’s literature
Brendan RigbyLiteracy and Language Education, University of Melbourne Graduate School of EducationMy PhD examines the literacies of out of school children in two communities in northern Ghana. I'm using participatory visual research methodologies, particularly digital photography
Dave Roberts
Language, Langues et Cultures d’Afrique Noire, INALCO (Institut National des Langues et Civilisations Orientales), Togo Tone orthography of African languages, especially Kabiye (Gur, Togo).
Prof. Theresa Rogers
Dept. of Language and Literacy Education, University of British Columbia, CanadaAdolescent/Secondary literacy practices
Tove Rosendal, PhD, Senior lecturer/researcher
University of Gothernburg, Department of Languages and LiteraturesSociolinguistics, - especially language policy, multilingual management, language choice and language change.
Prof. Diane A. RossEducation department, Otterbein UniversityMiddle childhood education, peace and social justice
Prof. Casmir Rubagumya
 Department of Foreign Languages and Linguistics, University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania Language in education in Africa; language planning and language policy in multilingual societies; literacy development; language and power.
S Research Interests
Dr. Oladipo Salami
Department of English, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife institution, NigeriaLanguage variation and change, bi/multilingualism; language contact; language policy; language in/and education and language and identity
Beth Lewis Samuelson
Assistant Professor W.W. Wright School of Education, Indiana University, Bloomington – Literacy, Culture and Language Education (LCLE), USALanguage policy and planning; Teaching English as a foreign or international language; Central and East Africa; Rwanda.
Ms. Leila Schroeder
SIL Africa Area, United States Linguistics applied to reading methodologies (including reading transition), and multilingual education (including curriculum development, teacher training, 2nd language acquisition)in primary schools.
Colleen Shaughnessy
PhD Candidate, Adult Education and Comparative and International Education, Pennsylvania State University Literacies in non-schooled adult women in refugee camps and/or sub-Saharan Africa.
Arieh (Ari) Sherris, PhD
King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, Saudi Arabia SLA; linguistic landscape; language, culture, and
Dr. Jo Shoba
Department of English and History, Edge Hill University, United KingdomLanguage in education in a number of African societies,
including policy issues and classroom discourse.
Mr. Zachary Simpson
Learning Centre, University of Johannesburg, South AfricaAcademic literacy/ies, writing, writing centres, writing and identity, plagiarism.
Suzanne Smythe
Lecturer: Literacy/Adult Education, Faculty of Education, Simon Fraser University, CANADAAdult and community literacy, critical and multimodal literacies, home-school relations, schooling and inequality
Konosoang Sobane, PhD Candidate ,
Stellenbosch University, Department of General Linguistics
South Africa
Analysis of language discordant provider patient interactions in HIV/AIDS treatment centres
Connie Ssebbunga
Masembe School of Education, Makerere University, Department of Language Education, UgandaLiteracy education, reading education, gender and education, ICT in education, discourse analysis, medium of instruction.
Medadi Erisa Ssentanda
Makerere University, Department: African LanguagesDevelopment of Mother-tongue education; Language documentation and Pragmatics
Lynn Stefano
Family Literacy Project, Director
family literacy, adult literacy, early literacy and learning, bilingual learning,
Sue Starfield
The Learning Centre and Department of Linguistics, University of New South Wales AustraliaThesis and dissertation writing; academic literacy; writing and identity; postgraduate pedagogy; critical pedagogy; language policy in higher education.
Christopher Stroud
Department of Linguistics, University of the Western Cape, South AfricaSociolinguistics of dislocation, multilingualism, literacies, language politics, linguistic citizenship, linguistic landscapes, semiotics of urban transformation, superdiversity.
Dr. Tajudeen Y. Surakat
Dept of English & Literary Studies, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Nigeria General / Theoretical Linguistics, Pedolinguistics or Child Language Studies, TESOL, Varieties of English, Applied Linguistics / Translation Studies
Anne SustikFormerly with the Illinois Department of EducationHow do other countries do sheltered second language learning or how other countries train teachers to teach if the school language of instruction is not the home language and early literacy transitions.
T Research Interests
Esso-Molla Tchabounono
Hekima College, KenyaEducation (French Teaching), translation, and literacy
Prof. Toussaint Yaovi Tchitchi
Département des Sciences du Langage et de la Communication, Faculté des Lettres, Arts et Sciences Humaines, Université d’Abomey-Calavi République du Bénin
Gudeta TesfayeDepartment of English, College of Social SciencesApplied linguistics, linguistics, bilingual semantics and pragmatics
Dr. Juliet Tembe Department of Languages, Literature and Linguistics – Islamic University in Uganda UgandaDr. Tembe completed her B.A and M.Ed. degrees at Makerere University (Uganda) specializing in English, Education, and TESOL, and in 2008 she completed her PhD in TESL at the University of British Columbia, Canada. She has taught at secondary school, national teacher training colleges, and at the university level. Her research interests include: second language teaching; language policy and planning; bi-/multi-lingual literacy; and minority language education, and she has published her research in such journals as TESOL Quarterly and Canadian Modern Language Review. As a member of the Association of World Education (Uganda Chapter), she has been involved in research on conflict management among pastoral communities in North eastern Uganda. Her current research is in literacy and gender, as well as the use of ICTs for teacher development. She is the current Chair of the largest non-governmental HIV/AIDS service organization in Uganda and Africa, The AIDS Support Organization (TASO),  and a member of the Uganda AIDS Commission.
Lucia Thesen
Language Development Group, Centre for Higher Education Development, University of Cape Town, South AfricaAcademic literacies and multimodality in different sites, including the first year lecture, and postgraduate experience.
Ms. Carol Thomson
School of Education and Development, Faculty of Education, University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa The broad domain of the New Literacy Studies and ensuing theoretical developments i.e. literacy/ies, bilingualism, power; and phenomenological research in the field of applied and critical linguistics.
Jonathan Thurston
President of I.S.A.B.T. and Professor of Creative Art and Technology at Bloomfield College 

Dept of Creative Art and Technology, The International School of Art, Business, and Technology, Bloomfield College
We assist with education on Ghana, West Africa. We have shipped books and computers to schools, run in-country educational bookmaking programs, and are working on creating educational community centers in West Africa.
Mr. Mushakavanhu Tinashe
PhD student, School of English, University of Kent ZimbabwePost-colonial writings, especially the concepts of Diaspora, creativity and politics in African literature with current research on the Zimbabwean short story and the politics of nationhood.
Dr. Barbara Trudell
Director of Academic Affairs, SIL International Africa Area, SIL International, United StatesLanguage policy in Africa, language and literacy, community action in local language development, mulilingual education, language and education, language and development.
Vera Williams Tetteh
PhD Candidate, Linguistics Dept., Macquarie UniversityDiscourse-based studies of immigrant groups, SLL and
settlement issues including gender; Social exclusion/inclusion of linguistic
and visible minority immigrant groups; African diasporas; Intercultural
U Research Interests
Prof. Joanne Umolu
Open Doors Special Education Centre, Open Doors for Special Learners, Nigeria Developmental reading for individuals with intellectual disabilities; mother tongue literacy instruction and literature based instruction with an emphasis on children as authors.
V Research Interests
Dr. Frans C. Verhagen
Earth and Peace Education Associates International (EPE), United StatesSustainability usage in development work, sustainable communities research in rural areas in West Africa, sustainable aviation and surface transportation issues.
Leticia Vicente-Rasomalala
Research group COLE ALLENCAM (Language Acquisition from Multilingual Catalonia), Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Spaineacher’s feedback and learner output in foreign language classrooms; Immersion; Multilingual and multicultural education; Content based instruction; Non-verbal behaviours in Classroom Discourse; Social Interactionist and Sociocultural theories of SLA; Video recording in Ethnographic SLA research; Conversational Analysis
Lilian Vikiru
Aga Khan University, institute for Educational Development
Institute for Educational Development, East Africa
Language learning and teaching in multilingual contexts;
early years literacy; multlingualism in education; assessment for student
W Research Interest
Jude Walker
Education Studies, Faculty of Education, University of British Columbia
Curriculum development in digital literacy projects in Eastern Africa, especially applied to adult literacy and teacher education
Dr. Patricia Watson
Research Fellow University of the Witwatersrand Johannesburg, South AfricaLinguistic Human Rights; Youth, culture, media and development; Mathematics, Science and Language literacy; Comics, popular culture and visual literacy; Memory, memorialisation and heritage; History and citizenship education
Meike Wernicke
Department of Language and Literacy Education, University of British
Columbia, Canada
Multilingualism, language teacher education, discourse
analysis, open access, open education
Karin Widermann
Universtiy College of Teacher Education, Austria
Professor Rosemary Wildsmith
Cromarty Language, Literature & Linguistics, University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa Multilingualism, language acquisition, language and concept literacy, Translation, African Language Development.
Eddie Williams
Institution and Department: Bangor University, Wales, School of Linguistics and English Language Wales, UK Language policy, literacy and development in Africa; Reading in a first and second languages in African educational contexts; “Voice” and rural communities in Africa.
Dr. Geoff Williams
Department of Language and Literacy Education, University of British Columbia Canada Educational linguistics; early child literacy development; early child language development; social class effects on educational access; systemic functional (Hallidayan) linguistic theory.
John Willinsky
 School of Education, Stanford University USA New ways of supporting and strengthening scholarly publishing in Africa by developing and conducting research around open source software systems that enable journals to be part of a global and public knowledge exchange.
Dr. Hirut Woldemariamm
Department of Linguistics, Institution of Language Studies, Addis Ababa University, EthiopiaMorphology, historical and comparative linguistics, language and education, language documentation
Y Research Interests
Dr. Eva Yerende
University of Kankan, GuineaBilingual/Multilingual Education, Comparative International Education, Anthropology and Education, West Africa; Central America; US; Greece
Z Resarch Interests
Jane Zuengler
 Department of English, University of Wisconsin-Madison USA Ethnographic microanalysis of discourse; critical perspectives on language acquisition and use; issues in English spread.

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