Dr. Naomi A.N.Y. Boakye


Dr. Naomi A.N.Y. Boakye

Position: Senior Lecturer, UAL      



Office:                Humanities Building 17-22

Telephone:        +27 (0) 12 420 5905

E-mail: [email protected] 

Qualifications:   BA (Hons) (English and Linguistics) University of Ghana

                                BA (Hons) (English Language Teaching) Walter Sisulu  


                                MA (Linguistics) University of Stellenbosch

                                MA (Sociolinguistics) University of South Africa

                                PhD (Applied Linguistics) University of Pretoria

Abridged  CV:

Naomi A.N.Y. Boakye is a senior lecturer in the Unit for Academic Literacy at the University of Pretoria. She was awarded a DPhil in 2013 on the topic, A socio-affective approach to improving students’ reading comprehension abilities.

Her research interests include English second language teaching, language and gender, general and applied linguistics, academic literacy and reading literacy. She has published a number of articles and presented more than 20 papers at various conferences.

Dr Boakye has taught a number of linguistics and language modules including: linguistic analysis, language as communication, pragmatics, sociolinguistics, semantics, syntax, English for academic purposes, academic reading and various discipline-specific academic literacy modules.

She referees NRF applications as well as papers for accredited journals such as: South African Linguistics and Applied Language Studies; South African Journal for Language Teaching, International Journal for the Sociology of Language, and Per Linguam. She has served on a number of professional societies, including South African Applied Linguistics Association (SAALA) and Reading Association of South Africa (RASA). She acted as chairperson of the Gauteng branch Reading Association from 2012 to 2014.


Dr Boakye is responsible for teaching and developing teaching materials for Academic Literacy courses in the Unit for Academic Literacy. She also coordinates courses involving more than ten lecturers, and serves as the research representative for the Unit.

Research highlights:

Dr Boakye has presented a number of conference papers on English second language teaching, language and gender and socio-affective factors in reading development. She has also authored and co-authored a number of articles on L2 teaching and reading literacy.


Boakye, N.A.Y. and Linden, M-L. (2018). Extended strategy-use instruction to improve students’ reading proficiency in a content subject. Reading & Writing, 9 (1)  DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/rw.v9i1.212

Boakye, N.Y, (2017). Efficacy of a reading intervention for first-year university students. A Journal of Language and learning, 33 (1): 1-24.

Boakye, N.Y, (2017). Extensive reading in a tertiary reading programme: Students’ accounts of affective and cognitive benefits. Reading & Writing - Journal of the Reading Association of South Africa, 1-9.

Boakye, N.Y. (2016). The efficacy of socio-affective teaching strategies in a reading intervention: Students’ views and opinions. Language Matters, 48(3): 393 - 414.

Boakye, N.A.N.Y & Mai, MM. 2016. A needs analysis for a discipline-specific reading intervention. English Language Teaching, 9(3): 235-247.

Boakye, N. 2015.  The relationship between self-efficacy and reading proficiency of first-year students: An exploratory study. Reading and Writing Journal, 6(1) Art # 52, 9 pages. http;//dx.doi.org/10.4102/rw.v6i1.52.  DoHET. 

Boakye, N. 2015 The social dimension of reading literacy development in South Africa. International Journal of the Sociology of Language, 234:133-156. ISI.

Boakye, N., Sommerville, J. & Debusho, L. 2014. The relationship between socio-affective factors and reading ability: Implications for tertiary reading instruction. Journal for Language Teaching, 48 (1): 173-213. DoHET.

Boakye, N. 2012.  A multifaceted model for designing L2 reading instruction at tertiary level. Journal for Language Learning (Per Linguam), 27(2): 111-128. DoHET.

Boakye, N. 2011. The influence of socio-affective factors on student’ reading ability. Journal of Hermeneutics, Art, Theory and Criticisms, (11): 38-53.   Peer Reviewed

Boakye, N. 2009. Students’ beliefs and perceptions about language learning: An investigation. Second Language and Intercultural Council Journal, 9 (1): 28-37. Peer Reviewed

Boakye, N. & Southey, L. 2008. Investigating students’ motivations and attitudes towards reading. Journal for Language Teaching. 42 (2): 1-22. DoHET.

Boakye, N. 2007.  Investigating students’ beliefs about language learning. Per Linguam, 23 (2): 1-13. DoHET.

Boakye, N. 2004. Fossilisation:  A Case of Black South African Students. Intercultural and Second Languages Council Journal (NOTOS), 5 (1): 22-33.


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