The Director of the Institute for the Study of English in Africa, Rhodes University. I teach and co-ordinate courses for teachers of English as an additional language. Most are teachers in rural schools in the Eastern and, more recently the Northern, Cape. My doctoral studies, done at the University of the Witwatersrand, were into bilingual children’s classroom writing. I have a long-standing interest in children’s writing ability as evidenced in their classroom writing and their sense of self, as well as the teaching of writing and how teacher education can change and improve pedagogical writing practices. I’ve also been involved in the Eastern Cape English Educators’ Association since 2008.
Recently publications include various chapters in South Africa’s Education Crisis: Views from the Eastern Cape (2012) edited by Laurence Wright, in Research-led Teacher Education (2012) edited by Hamsa Venkat & Ruksana Osman, and ‘The Nuts and Bolts of Literacy Development in English as a Second Language: Evidence from Intermediate Phase Classrooms’ The International Journal of Literacies. 20 (3) 1-19. ISSN 2327-0136. http://ijlll.cgpublisher.com/product/pub.254/prod.61.