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Senior Researcher, University of the Western Cape

Robyn Tyler is a researcher in the Centre for Multilingualism and Diversities Research at the University of the Western Cape. She also teaches and supervises pre-service teachers. Robyn’s research focuses on language, literacy and identity in education with a special interest in language across the curriculum in multilingual contexts. She graduated with her doctorate in 2019 from the University of Cape Town. Her thesis reported on a linguistic ethnography conducted over nine months in a township high school. It explored meaning-making by bilingual English-isiXhosa Science learners in two learning sites: the traditional classroom setting and an after-school study group. Robyn is a member of the bua-lit language and literacy collective which advocates for a rich literacies approach to the education of all South Africa’s children.


  • 2022–present
    Senior research fellow, University of the Western Cape


  • 2019 
    University of Cape Town, PhD
  • 2012 
    University of Cape Town, MEd