Avasha Rambiritch is a lecturer in the Unit for Academic Literacy, University of Pretoria. She obtained the degrees B. Paed (Arts), majoring in English and Drama, Honours (English Literary and Cultural Studies) and M.A. (English Literary and Cultural Studies) from the University of Kwa-Zulu Natal. Her PhD. supervised by Prof. Albert Weideman focused on the design and development of a postgraduate test of academic literacy (TALPS). Dr. Rambiritch has a total of 20 years teaching experience. Nine of these were spent in a secondary school, two at a technikon and the last nine years as lecturer in the Unit for Academic Literacy at the University of Pretoria.
As part of her responsibilities she teaches on and co-ordinates a number of different academic literacy modules. Duties here include designing/preparing material, teaching, marking, setting of examination papers (normal and supplementary), overseeing all arrangements with regard to the examination (venues, invigilators, printing of papers), entering of students marks and submitting these to Student Administration, dealing with student queries regarding examination marks and uploading of student marks onto clickUP.
Dr. Rambiritch was the tutor co-ordinator for a number of years. As part of her responsibilities she oversaw the short listing and interviewing of applicants for tutor positions, training of tutors, convening weekly meetings and all other related administration (timetables, venues, budgets). She is currently in the process of establishing a writing centre in the Faculty of Humanities. In 2014 she was responsible for the establishment of the Humanities Writing Centre (HWC), focused on helping develop the academic writing of undergraduate students in the Faculty of Humanities. The HWC is now a fully-fledged writing centre that provides a much needed service to the Faculty.
She was part of the team of test designers responsible for the design and development of the Test of Academic Literacy for Postgraduate Students (TALPS) – the first of the kind in the country. She is an associate of the Inter-Institutional Centre for Language Development and Assessment (ICELDA), a partnership of four multilingual South African universities (Pretoria, North-West, Stellenbosch and Free State), and an ex-member of the Executive of the South African Association of Language Teachers (SAALT), and the South African Applied Linguistics Association (SAALA).
She has completed work on, and published from a research project initiated by her entitled: The effectiveness of a tutorial programme in improving the academic writing ability of first-year university students shown to ‘at risk’ by a compulsory academic literacy test. Funding for the project was secure from the institutions RDP initiative.
Dr Rambiritch is currently working on a research project entitled: The role of the Humanities Writing Centre (HWC) in providing effective academic writing support to undergraduate students in the Faculty of Humanities.