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Academic literacy, Language testing

Pre-university test of academic literacy vs. English language matric results: which is the better predictor of academic success?

Standardised tests of academic literacy are a good indicator of first-year academic performance, according to Dr. Kabelo Sebolai, Deputy Director of the Language Centre at Stellenbosch University. At least for Stellenbosch University, results show that the performance standards set for the standardised test of academic literacy associate positively with first-year academic performance, while the scores on the levels of performance set for the school-leaving English examination do not. Continue reading “Pre-university test of academic literacy vs. English language matric results: which is the better predictor of academic success?”

Academic literacy, Lifetime award

Albert Weideman and Johann van der Walt receive lifetime awards

SAALT-logo-3Two members of the NExLA executive, Albert Weideman and Johann van der Walt, received lifetime awards from the South African Association for Language Teaching (SAALT) on July 3, 2019. Continue reading “Albert Weideman and Johann van der Walt receive lifetime awards”

Awards, Language assessment in multilingual contexts

NExLA wins ILTA Collaboration and Outreach Award

The Network of Expertise in Language Assessment (NExLA) is pleased to announce that we have been awarded an ILTA Collaboration and Outreach Award of US$ 2000. The grant will enable NExLA to do the following: Continue reading “NExLA wins ILTA Collaboration and Outreach Award”

Ethics
Ethicality, ILTA Code of Ethics, Language testing

ILTA Etiese Kode in Afrikaans gepubliseer

Nadat NExLA-lede die ILTA Code of Ethics vertaal het, sit hy nou daar heel eerste op die ILTA blad van vertalings daarvan: ILTA Code of Ethics translations. Continue reading “ILTA Etiese Kode in Afrikaans gepubliseer”

Academic literacy, Transformation

How justifiable are language assessment and intervention at tertiary level?

Kabelo Sebolai will present the case at the Language Testing Research Colloquium (LTRC 2019) in Atlanta

At this upcoming conference in Atlanta in March NExLA’s chairperson will offer a South African perspective on the measurement of students’ preparedness to handle the demands of academic discourse. While academic literacy is taken for granted by language teaching professionals, the tendency is for non-language teaching academics in disciplines that are traditionally less associated with language processing to be sceptical of the role of language assessment and intervention in academic performance. Not only has this been the case in South African higher education in general, it is also a challenge faced by language departments in other parts of the world.  Continue reading “How justifiable are language assessment and intervention at tertiary level?”