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 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 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 http://lerc.educ.ubc.ca/fac/norton/
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-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 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.
Dr. Ulrike Hanna Meinhof
Professor, School of Humanities, University of Southampton
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. Juliet Tembe
Department of Languages, Literature and Linguistics – Islamic University in Uganda
Uganda Dr. Tembe completed her B.A (English Language Studies & Literature with a concurrent diploma in Education) and M.Ed. degrees at Makerere University (Uganda) specializing in TESOL. She has since taught at secondary school, national teacher training colleges and at the university level. After teaching English at the high school level for several years, Dr. Tembe completed an M.Ed. course at Makerere University after which she joined the teacher education programme at the Institute of Teacher Education, Kyambogo. She recently completed her PhD in TESL at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver. She is currently a lecturer in the department of Languages, Literature and Linguistics at the Islamic University in Uganda. Her research interests include: second language teaching; language policy and planning; bi-/multi-lingual literacy; and minority language education. 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 gender and literacy 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.
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 concerned with the role of community libraries in promoting literacy in Uganda, with a particular interest in mother tongue literacy.
ReN Africa Members
A Cate Almon Olushola Bamidele Are
Director, LanguageA in Society Division Center for Applied Linguistics, Washington, DC (Language in Society) USA Multilingual education; mother tongue education; language and literacy.
Dr. Joseph Benjanmin Archibald Afful Department of English, Faculty of Arts, University of Cape Coast, Ghana Academic 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.
Senior lecturer, Learning Skills Unit, University of Western Sydney, Australia Academic 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.
Professional Assistant – ESL ESL Department, Northampton Community College, USA Retention and engagement of multilingual students in community college settings, as well as their academic and computer literacy development.
Dr. Samuel Andema Languages and Literature Department, Kyambogo University Uganda Digital 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.
Community Worker, Kahama District in Shinyang region, Tanzania.
Language, literacy and development; cultural orientation
and literacy levels in Shinyang region, Tanzania.
Associate Professor, Language and Literacy Education, University of British Columbia, Canada New literacies and social media, Information literacy, School librarianship in international contexts, Teacher education and literacy education in Ethiopia
English Department, University of Massachusetts at Boston USA Adult education and literacy, participatory curriculum development, English as an Additional Language, worker education, teacher education.
Arts and Social Sciences, Kogi State Polytecnic, Lokoja
Literacy and reading in L2 contexts
Olushola Bamidele Are
Research Interest Margaret Loyce Baleeta Grace Bunyi
Language Education, Bugema University UGANDA Literacy and applied linguistics
Applied Language Studies and Linguistics, University of Auckland, New Zealand Sociolinguistics, language teaching and learning, teacher education, narrative inquiry
Center for Academic Development, Al-Akhawayn University in IfraneMorocco TESOL, 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, Belgium Translations 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, Nigeria Linguistics (Phonology and morphology especially as it relates to the Yoruba language)
Dr. Joseph Botha Wits School of Education – Curriculum Division South Africa Teaching of reading and writing in primary schools, in particular problems with poor literacy in African languages
Director of Education, Department of Education, Children of the Nations Providing education and care for orphans and destitute children in Sierra Leone, Malawi, and Uganda.
School and Department: Kenyatta University, School of Education Kenya Language policy and practice, multilingual classroom talk, use of African languages in education and language and educational inequalities.
Associate Proffesor, Teacher Education and Early Childhood Education, Prince George’s Community College Inclusive 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 StudiesMalawi Terminology 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.
Margaret Loyce Baleeta
C Suresh Canagarajah Pennsylvania State University, Departments of Applied Linguistics and English Sri Lanka and USA Bilingualism, discourse analysis, academic literacy, ethnography, critical practice.
Department of Language and Social Sciences Education, University of Botswana, Gaborone, Botswana An Assessment of the Teacher Training Reading Curricular Implemented at Teacher Training Institutions in Liberia
Mr. Ian Cheffy SIL International and Lancaster University United Kingdom Literacy and development, literacy and globalisation, adult literacy programmes, adult literacy methodology, literacy practices in rural contexts, ethnographic research, multilingual education, and minority language development
Continuing Education Centre, University of Malawi Language and education, language policy and planning, bilingual education and English language teaching.
Graduate School of Education, University of Bristol, United Kingdom Language in education in Africa; Multilingual education; Content and language integrated learning
Professor, Department of Education - Educational Studies, Concordia University Language 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 Conteh Communication and Study Skills Unit, University of Botswana, Botswana English Language Education, Verbal and written classroom discourse, English for Academic/specific purposes, e-learning, instructional materials development
D Research Interests
Faculty of Education, Simon Fraser University Canada Second language education with a focus on language learning in contexts of sociocultural diversity, immigration, bilingualism, multilingualism, literacy, and bilingual (immersion) programs.
SIL International Africa Area Cameroon Adult education, development of literacy skills (particularly in adults), training and capacity building.
Pierre de Galbert
Independent Researcher, Uganda Education in Africa, Literacy and Numeracy, Language of Instruction.
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 Project The 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.
Lecturer, Humanities Education, University of Pretoria What 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, Literature Language, Literature, film
Saidi Omar Dramani
Islamic University in Uganda - Arua Campus , Uganda Lexicography of less documented languages, and applied linguistics in general.
Ms. Iris Dumenden School of Educational Studies, Faculty of Education, La Trobe University Australia The learning needs (literacy and ESL) of young adult refugees from Africa who have had minimal or severely interrupted schooling before arriving in Australia.
Associate professor – Foreign Language Education, USA, Teaching and Learning Dept., Florida International University and National University of Rwanda Contributions of local knowledge into second language pedagogy
Charlyn Dyers Associate Professor, Dept Linguistics, University of the Western Cape, Uganda Space, 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
CODE Canada Mother-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.
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
Program Director, Lango Literacy Project, Mango Tree Early primary literacy in African home languages
Senior Research Associate, Education Development Center, International Education, Education Development Center, USA Bilingual 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 Pretroia Teacher 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.
Lecturer, East African School of Library & Information Science, Makerere University Community Literacy, Information Literacy, Adult
Literacy, ICTs and Literacy among others.
G Research Interests
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.
Agatha J. van Ginkel
Leeds Metropolitan University, UK and SIL Africa Area UK, Netherlands, Kenya Mother 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, Kenya Multilingual 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.
H Research Interests
Dr. Sarah Hasaba
Post-Doctoral Fellow, United Nations University, Tokyo, Uganda and Japan Literacy learning and education for rural women; gender inequality and inequity, poverty and illiteracy among rural communities in developing countries.
Institute for the Study of English in Africa, Rhodes University South Africa Into 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 Denmark Language in Education Planning and Policy, Bilingual/Multilingual Education
Dr. Christina Higgins Department 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 Ghana Language 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.
I Research Interests
Visiting Lecturer, Department of Education, Mountains of the Moon University
Development of language education in Uganda
Department of Language Studies, Holyoke Community College USA Applied linguistics, second language acquisition, ESL reading and Writing, bi/multilingualism, language planning and policy,
orthogragraphy writing, African languages development and maintenance.
J Research Interests
Department of English Education, University of Education, Winneba, Ghana Children'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 Jones Department of Language and Literacy Education, University of British Columbia Canada Gender, education, literacy and international development; global education
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
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 States Language policy and planning, language and identity, codeswitching, World Englishes, African Linguistics.
Department of Languages & Social Sciences Education, University of Botswana, Botswana Linguistics (mainly language teaching and learning); language planning and language policy.
Dr. Daniel Kasule
Department of Primary Education, University of Botswana, Botswana Language in education; Verbal interaction in L2 classrooms; Learning through a second language; Literacies.
Research and Development, Molteno Institute for Language and Literacy, South Africa The 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.
Assistant Lecturer, Linguistics, ELS & CSK at Makerere University Research on lexicography and grammar. I have worked on a number of dictionaries especially in my mother tongue Luganda.
Ms. Elspeth Kempe Department of Applied English Language Studies, University of the Witwatersrand South Africa Ways 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
Language Education Dept., University of the Western Cape South Africa Multilingualism and identities; language and literacy
education in bi-/multilingual contexts; academic literacy; educational
applications of systemic functional (Hallidayan) linguistics; literacy and
Specialist in Literacy, The Directorate of the Fight Against Illiteracy, Ministry of National Education, Morocco Training 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 Kingdom On 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"
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 Centre Writing 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
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
Junior Lecturer, Center for Academic and Profession Language Practice, North West University, South Africa Applied 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, Lesotho Discourse analysis in political and institutional discourse in Southern Africa, discourse of academic disciplines, pragmatics.
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 States Gerontology, urban multilingualism, identities, popular culture and music
Language and Social Education Dept., National University of Lesotho Discourse analysis, literacy and language education
SIL, Literacy and Education Coordinator literacy, 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 Africa Systemic 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.
Mr. Sekepe Daniel Matjila
Centre for Pan African Languages and Cultural Development, South Africa Education 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, Senegal Historiography 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 Kingdom Discourse and identity. Ethnographic research on transnational networks of migrants, especially musicians from African countries, in multicultural neighbourhoods across European borders , provincial regions and cities.
Ms. Penelope G. Moanakwena
Communication and Study Skills Unit, University of Botswana, Bostwana Literacies 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, Nigeria African 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, Tanzania Language 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
Student, University of Botswana, Botswana
Language policy issues
Leiden University, African Languages and Cultures Grammar, 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 Zimbabwe Shona grammar; Lexicography and lexicology; Cognitive linguistics; Sociolinguistics; Semantics;
Issues in higher education.
Cyrus Kabucwa Murage
Bible Translation & Literacy, Kenya Development of literacy through mother tongue education programmes for adults.
Department of Education, Rhodes University South Africa Initial literacy in bilingual contexts (i.e. first four years of schooling).
Dr. Abolaji Samuel Mustapha
Dept. of English, Lagos State University, Nigeria Sociolinguistics – 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 Societies Language 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.
Dept. of Rural Development, NOGIP-BIHARAMULO
Redressing the language barrier to knowledge transfer to semi-literate small-scale farmers
International Relations and Special Projects, Public Administration and Leadership Academy, South Africa South-South partnerships using indigenous and
participatory methodologies to build capacity in Africa and the South.
Department of Business Studies, Mountain View Advent College - Kamonkoli,
Education and Development
Centre for Cross Faculty Inquiry, University of British Columbia Canada Adolescent health, HIV/AIDS and Education
Department of Languages, Open Doors for Special Learners, Uganda The integration, and interplay, of reading and writing in the classroom and beyond.
Dr. Chongo Musonda Mwila
School Operations, Abu Dhabi Education Council Gender 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, Uganda The 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
Ms. Jacinta Ndambuki
English Language Studies, University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa Applied 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, Australia Language policy and politics, language and power, minority languages and their maintenance (special focus on Southern Africa), language endangerment and language revitalization.
English Department, University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa Literature in education; multiliteracies and multimodality; contemporary youth poetry in Africa; poetry in Africa; curricular development; innovative pedagogies; working in contexts of disadvantage.
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, Kenya Children' literature; reading habits; sociology of
Jacob Marriote Ngwaru
Institute of Education, National Centre for Language and Literacy, United Kingdom Home 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.
Department of Language and Literacy Education, University of British Columbia, Canada Identity and language learning, education and development, and critical literacy.
Founder & Team Leader, Read Beyond Zambia scientific context-specific study on the link between
adult literacy and children's literacy development; importance of environment in literacy skills development.
Linguistics at SIL, Uganda Applied phonological, morphophonemic, and morphological research, especially its application to design of practical orthographies for hitherto unwritten or inadequately written languages
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Dr. Simeon Oziri Ogbonna
Independent Consultant, Nigeria Language, 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.
Secondary, Indigenous Languages Specialist at National Curriculum Development Centre Indigenous African languages; corpus linguistics; literacy; lexicography; Grammar; phonetics/phonology; morphosyntax.
Dr. Tope Omoniyi
English Language & Linguistics, School of Arts, Roehampton University, London, United Kingdom Languages 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
Lecturer, 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
Dr. Oyinloye Gabriel Oludele
Department of Curriculum Studies, University of Ado-Ekiti, Nigeria Preperation of pre-service teachers at the university level; capacity building for primary and secodary schools teachers; English language and mother tongue.
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Dr. Kate Parry
Department of English at Hunter College, City University of New York, United States Community libraries, culture and literacy, reading, Uganda, English language learning.
Africa Linguistics Coordinator (SIL) and Associate International Linguistics Coordinator at SIL International Phonology, 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 States Literacy development and culture, particularly in African communities; home and community practices of literacy; immigrant and refugee children; literacy brokering; family literacy
University of Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, Nigeria
Reference Information dissemination with focus on literacy advocacy and education to non- academic communities.
Senior Education Research Analyst, Education Policy Systems, RTI International, Ethiopia Intersection of early literacy, language policy and literacy interventions in Sub-Saharan Africa.
Dr. Elizabeth Platt
Dept. Middle & Secondary Education, Florida State University, United States Early 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)www.casas.co.za , South Africa Harmonization and Standardization of African Languages Orthographies
Institute for the Study of English in Africa, Rhodes University South Africa Language 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.
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Prof. Pauline Rea-Dickins
Visiting Professor, University of
Bristol, Aga Khan University, Institute for Educational Development - Eastern Africa
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 Africa Materials 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 States Adult 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 Africa Teacher Education relating to EFL in Africa; language acquisition of English in EFL contexts; extensive reading; South African children’s literature
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, Canada Adolescent/Secondary literacy practices
Tove Rosendal, PhD, Senior lecturer/researcher
University of Gothernburg, Department of Languages and Literatures Sociolinguistics, - especially language policy, multilingual management, language choice and language change.
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.
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Dr. Oladipo Salami
Department of English, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife institution, Nigeria Language 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), USA Language 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.
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.
Dr. Jo Shoba
Department of English and History, Edge Hill University, United Kingdom Language in education in a number of African societies,
including policy issues and classroom discourse.
Mr. Zachary Simpson
Learning Centre, University of Johannesburg, South Africa Academic literacy/ies, writing, writing centres, writing and identity, plagiarism.
Lecturer: Literacy/Adult Education, Faculty of Education, Simon Fraser University, CANADA Adult and community literacy, critical and multimodal literacies, home-school relations, schooling and inequality
Konosoang Sobane, PhD Candidate ,
Stellenbosch University, Department of General Linguistics
Analysis of language discordant provider patient interactions in HIV/AIDS treatment centres
Masembe School of Education, Makerere University, Department of Language Education, Uganda Literacy education, reading education, gender and education, ICT in education, discourse analysis, medium of instruction.
Medadi Erisa Ssentanda
Makerere University, Department: African Languages Development of Mother-tongue education; Language documentation and Pragmatics
Family Literacy Project, Director
family literacy, adult literacy, early literacy and learning, bilingual learning,
The Learning Centre and Department of Linguistics, University of New South Wales Australia Thesis and dissertation writing; academic literacy; writing and identity; postgraduate pedagogy; critical pedagogy; language policy in higher education.
Department of Linguistics, University of the Western Cape, South Africa Sociolinguistics 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
Arieh (Ari) Sherris, PhD
King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, Saudi Arabia SLA; linguistic landscape; language, culture, and
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Hekima College, Kenya Education (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 Dr. Juliet Tembe Department of Languages, Literature and Linguistics – Islamic University in Uganda Uganda Dr. 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.
Language Development Group, Centre for Higher Education Development, University of Cape Town, South Africa Academic 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.
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 Zimbabwe Post-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 States Language 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 University Discourse-based studies of immigrant groups, SLL and
settlement issues including gender; Social exclusion/inclusion of linguistic
and visible minority immigrant groups; African diasporas; Intercultural
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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.
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Dr. Frans C. Verhagen
Earth and Peace Education Associates International (EPE), United States Sustainability usage in development work, sustainable communities research in rural areas in West Africa, sustainable aviation and surface transportation issues.
Research group COLE ALLENCAM (Language Acquisition from Multilingual Catalonia), Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Spain eacher’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
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
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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 Africa Linguistic 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
Department of Language and Literacy Education, University of British
Multilingualism, language teacher education, discourse
analysis, open access, open education
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.
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.
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, Ethiopia Morphology, historical and comparative linguistics, language and education, language documentation
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Dr. Eva Yerende
University of Kankan, Guinea Bilingual/Multilingual Education, Comparative International Education, Anthropology and Education, West Africa; Central America; US; Greece
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Department of English, University of Wisconsin-Madison USA Ethnographic microanalysis of discourse; critical perspectives on language acquisition and use; issues in English spread.