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Associate Professor, Rhodes University

Nhlanhla Mpofu is an Associate Professor in Language-in- Education, a South African National Research Foundation Y rated researcher and an Executive member of the South African Young Academy of Science (SAYAS). Her research explores second language learning approaches in second language classrooms where English is the medium of instruction. Through this research focus, she seeks to gain a strategic, epistemological and pragmatic understanding of the nuanced discourse of knowing how to teach in language. She draws her orientation from knowing sciences positioned within the Culturally Sustaining Pedagogies (CSP). Drawing from this research foci she explores teaching knowledge from an epistemological repertoire that is contextually embedded and held together by the dispositional and linguistic resources at the control of the practitioner. Her findings are important in dismantling the hegemonic positivist orientation that disempowers the teacher, from the critical role of a knowledge constructor to that of a transmitter.

Experience

  • 2020–present
    Associate Professor , Rhodes University
  • 2020–present
    Visiting Professor , University of North Carolina-Wilmington
  • 2017–2019
    Senior Lecturer, Sol Plaatje University
  • 2017–2019
    Director- Teaching and Learning , Sol Plaatje University
  • 2017–2018
    Fubright Scholar , University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • 2014–2016
    Lecturer, University of Pretoria
  • 2007–2014
    Lecturer, Solusi University
  • 2010–2014
    HoD- Distance Education , Solusi University

Education

  • 2016 
    University of Pretoria, PhD, Humanities Education [English]

Publications

  • 2020
    Pedagogical practices involved in integrating English language skills in subject-specific learning: a case of high school teachers, International Journal of Education and Practice
  • 2020
    Examining first-year students’ experience of being tutored: A South African case study., Issues in Educational Research,
  • 2020
    What counts as disciplinary literacies instructional approaches in teacher education?, The Journal for Transdisciplinary Research in Southern
  • 2019
    Reflecting on ESL student teachers’ practice through critical incidents, Journal for Language Teaching
  • 2018
    Exploring the teachers’ experiences of implementing a high school curriculum: A South African view, . Journal of Educational Studies
  • 2018
    Exploring beginner teachers’ sources of knowledge for teaching Literature in ESL classrooms. , English Teaching & Learning
  • 2018
    Exploring the E-Learning Experiences of Academic Staff at a South African University, Progressio: South African Journal for Open and Distance Learning Practice
  • 2018
    A comprehensive model for assessing student teachers’ professional competence through an integrated curriculum approach, The Journal for Transdisciplinary Research in Southern Africa
  • 2018
    Embedding values in the South African curriculum: By design or default? , South African Journal of Education
  • 2017
    Reflections on the supervision of postgraduate research: the students' voices in an Open Distance Learning (ODL) context, Progressio: South African Journal for Open and Distance Learning Practice
  • 2017
    Connecting the dots: Exploring teaching dispositions in the South African teacher curriculums, Gender and Behaviour
  • 2017
    Teaching from the heart: Exploring beginner teachers' attitudinal knowledge, Journal for Language Teaching
  • 2017
    Fostering critical thinking in initial teacher education curriculums: A comprehensive literature review, Gender and Behaviour
  • 2016
    What can we still offer? Understanding student support in distance education teacher preparation programs, Progressio: South African Journal for Open and Distance Learning Practice

Grants and Contracts

  • 2019
    The preparation and experiences of teachers using English as the Language of Learning and Teaching
    Role:
    Lead Researcher
    Funding Source:
    NRF

Professional Memberships

  • South African Young Academy of Science (SAYAS)

Honours

Golden Key; Fulbright Alumna; SAYAS member