Prof Rinelle Evans was promoted to Full-Professor in the Department of Humanities Education. She holds a doctorate in curriculum and instructional design with special reference to instructional communication via television technology. She also obtained a Master’s degree (cum laude) in teaching English to speakers of other languages from the University of Birmingham, England. She is involved with teacher education and facilitates modules related to literacies, communication skills and language teaching methodology in the Faculty of Education, University of Pretoria.
Her academic interests relate to English language teaching, instructional design and communication, and language-in-education matters. Prof Evans is an NRF rated researcher and has published articles in refereed journals as well as several academic textbooks and support material for English language learners. Her most recent scholarly work co-authored with a Canadian counterpart is titled: Complex classroom encounters – A South African perspective. She is currently engaged in a research project to determine the nature and quality of English used by pre-service teachers while engaged in their Workplace Integrated Learning with the view to providing scaffolding to develop their linguistic confidence and oral proficiency in Classroom English. On numerous occasions in her career, her innovative teaching style and contribution to education has been formally acknowledged.