Call for Abstracts

Posted on June 24, 2015

Colloquium on language education in curricula and African languages pedagogy

17–19 September 2015

Durban, South Africa


The Organising Committee invites you to a colloquium on language education in curricula and African languages pedagogy, hosted by the School of Education at the University of KwaZulu-Natal. The scope of the colloquium includes literacy development. The area of language education in curricula has not received much attention, especially regarding the inclusion of African languages in curricula and the teaching and learning of African languages. The colloquium will therefore focus its discussions and debates on the use of African languages in curricula and the strategies used to teach African languages, both as home language and as second language. The discussions and debates will also address the teaching and learning of English among speakers of African languages in South Africa and abroad, and on the use of English in curricula.

The keynote speaker is Doctor Billy Olajide, a renowned scholar based at one of the leading universities in Africa, the University of Ilorin in Kwara State, Nigeria. Doctor Olajide is a specialist and has research interests in the areas of language education, curriculum development, literacy development and linguistics. He has extensive experience in language education and teacher education.

The objectives of the colloquium are to build research excellence by creating interaction opportunities among researchers, to create learning opportunities for postgraduate students, to promote research in language education, and to establish and strengthen collaboration and networking among researchers in the field of language education.

Colloquium theme: Language education in curricula and African languages pedagogy.

Abstracts can be submitted for paper or poster presentations under any of the following sub-themes:

1. Language education

2. Literacy development

3. Language in curricula

4. African languages pedagogy

5. African languages in curricula

6. Teaching and learning of second languages

7. Assessment in language teaching

8. Emergent literacy / language education in early years

9. Media in language education

Colloquium objectives:

  • promote quality research by creating interaction and networking opportunities for senior and young researchers
  • promote research in language teaching and learning relating to African languages and English
  • facilitate collaboration among language researchers
  • create learning and poster/paper presentation opportunities for postgraduate students
  • establish networking opportunities through the international speaker

Abstract submission process:

  • Abstracts should be submitted via email to [email protected].
  • Abstracts should be submitted as Word documents using the attached abstract submission form.
  • Abstracts should be submitted either in English or isiZulu languages and papers should be presented in either of these languages.
  • There will be 20 minutes presentation and 10 minutes discussion for each paper or poster.

Important dates:

  • Abstract submission due date: 26 June 2015
  • Registration: by 10 July 2015


  • Conference registration fee: R2 300 per delegate
  • Registered students (excluding university staff members): R1 600 per delegate.

Queries can be directed to the Chair of the Organising Committee, Professor Thabisile Buthelezi, via email at [email protected].


Click here to download the Abstract Sumission Form.


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