Colleen du Plessis

Colleen du Plessis
University of the Free State | ufs · Department of English

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Institutions responsible for the training of educators have a duty to ensure that students develop adequate mastery of subject content and pedagogy. This paper investigates the language learning beliefs (LLBs) of pre-service Foundation and Intermediate Phase educators and their alignment with language learning principles from applied linguistics re...
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In response to trends such as internationalization, migration and the knowledge economy, universities globally are under pressure to open their doors to as many students as possible. In South Africa, massification of higher education has two additional dimensions to the above. Firstly, it has to provide a forum for creating a socially inclusive soc...
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Abstract Abstract Accountability in language testing is normally supported through a validation process. In language teaching, however, the matter of accountability is sometimes overlooked, especially when the focus falls on curriculum completion. In view of the reciprocity that exists between language teaching and testing, core principles used fo...
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The post-1994 South African constitution proudly affirms the language diversity of the country, as do subsequent laws, while ministerial policies, both at further and higher education level, similarly promote the use of all 11 official languages in education. However, such recognition of diversity presents several challenges to accommodate potentia...
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High-stakes tests, such as exit-level examinations for school leavers, demand fairness in every respect. The examination of first languages, referred to as home languages (HL) in South Africa, at the end of grade 12 is a particular case in point. Not only have several... [Online]. Available http://www.litnet.co.za/die-assessering-van-huistale-in-di...
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Inadequate student success at the undergraduate level forms the focus of much current research in the realm of higher education in South Africa. However, few studies have examined to what extent success is being achieved at postgraduate level, and whether language proficiency constitutes a barrier to academic achievement at this more advanced phase...
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High-stakes tests, such as exit-level examinations for school leavers, demand fairness in every respect. The examination of first languages, referred to as home languages (HL) in South Africa, at the end of grade 12 is a particular case in point. Not only have several reports indicated that the language papers treat learners across the various lang...
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Disparities emanating from South Africa's apartheid history still pose a number of challenges to the country, especially in education. Since the transition to democracy in 1994, the prescribed government school curriculum has undergone several revisions in an endeavour to set standards and provide instruction of a high quality. On the language educ...
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The newly introduced Curriculum and Assessment Policy Statement (CAPS) contains a plethora of genres and writing tasks, aimed at helping learners to develop dexterity in written communication. Accordingly, writing also features as a dominant construct in the Grade 12 school-leaving examination, with an entire language paper (Paper 3) being devoted...
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Very little research has been devoted to evaluating the national English Home Language (HL) curriculum and assessment system. Not only is there a lack of clarity on whether the language subject is being offered at an adequately high level to meet the declared objectives of the curriculum, but the reliability of the results obtained by Grade 12 lear...
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Language proficiency and academic literacy tests such as the National Benchmark Test (NBT) and Test of Academic Literacy Levels (TALL) are already well established assessment instruments that are widely used at universities in South Africa to assess the literacy levels of first-entry students. A more recent initiative has been the institution of la...
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Concern for the academic success of undergraduate students with low literacy levels is by no means unique to South Africa. In response to initiatives by the Ministry of Education and Training to standardise and improve the quality of higher education in the country in accordance with international standards, the University of Đà Nẵng in Việt Nam re...

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Document the evolution of language policy in higher education in South Africa, particularly with regard the role of minority languages