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English as a Language of Learning, Teaching and Inclusivity
Examining South Africa’s Higher Education Crisis

Edited By

Liesel Hibbert

  • Available for pre-order on July 28, 2023. Item will ship after August 18, 2023
ISBN 9781032466330
August 18, 2023 Forthcoming by Routledge
200 Pages 7 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Hibbert explores South Africa’s higher education crisis utilising case studies and first-hand experiences with English as the language of instruction. The historical overview provides a framework with which to understand the complicated nature of using English as a language of instruction in South Africa, past and present. Student narratives are presented to illustrate mainly breakthroughs, but also challenges.

An overview is provided, of imported English teaching methodologies and how they have emerged and developed in the local educational system over decades. It is demonstrated how these methodologies relate to socio-economic and political events and trends at each juncture. By applying defamiliarization as a research method of investigation, students’ translanguaging struggles are recorded and discussed, both pre-pandemic and in the pandemic period. The experiences of non-monolingual English speaking staff and students, and of local English/African language bilinguals is foregrounded, as they are by far the majority in South African higher education and schools.   the relevance of the experiences and learning paths of those staff and students are enhanced,

This book aids lecturers  across disciplines and English language facilitators in the improvement of English acquisition curricula through exposure to arguments, case studies and learning path narratives in this volume, and  prompts and inspires researchers to develop further theories and experiments in their own context.

Table of Contents

Foreword - Series Editor. Acknowledgements - Liesel Hibbert. Preface, background information and chapter outlines - Liesel Hibbert 1. Chapter 1 Introduction - Liesel Hibbert 2. Chapter 2 A narrative account of the history of English in South Africa - Liesel Hibbert 3. Chapter 3 Imported English teaching methodologies in South Africa between the 1960s and 2018 - Liesel Hibbert 4. Chapter 4 Assessing student writing – ‘a tangled situation’ – Liesel Hibbert & Anne Knott 5. Chapter 5 The complexities of curriculum design for English as a medium of instruction (EMI) – Liesel Hibbert 6. Chapter 6 Students’ self-narratives of linguistic migration – opportunities for relinking – Liesel Hibbert & Thoko Batyi 7. Chapter 7 The benefits of collaborative bilingual reading – Thoko Batyi 8. Chapter 8 The film Black Panther as catalyst for changing perceptions of Africa and/or ‘being African’ among students in South Africa and the UK. – Liesel Hibbert & Roberta Piazza 9. Chapter 9 Developing a critical language awareness-focused curriculum - Liesel Hibbert 10. Chapter 10- Cross-disciplinary learning - radical defamiliarization in art teaching – Liesel Hibbert & Greg Kerr 11. Chapter 11 Reflections on teaching for social justice at a South African University of Technology – Liesel Hibbert & Zayd Waghid 12. Chapter 12 Postscript – Liesel Hibbert 13. Index

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Liesel Hibbert was Professor of English Education in the Faculty of Education at Cape Peninsula University of Technology in Cape Town, South Africa. Before that she was Professor in the Department of Applied Language Studies at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University. She received her PhD in Linguistics from the University of Cape Town in 2000. Her research has been mainly cross-disciplinary i.e. global trends in youth development, literacy and language policy, language development in higher education, political rhetoric, linguistic ethnography in the classroom and South African writing. Her work has been published in, among other journals, Journal of English as an International Language, Review of Research in Education, International Journal of the Sociology of Language, and in a variety of books and local journals. Her two previous books are ‘Multilingual Universities in South Africa’ (a co-edited volume) and ‘The linguistic landscape in post-apartheid South Africa’. In addition, Liesel Hibbert has designed numerous English Studies courses, graduate course in language acquisition and has supervised student research on translanguaging as pedagogy for MA and PhD projects.


 “This volume critically examines the use of English as medium of instruction in higher education in Africa. The editors and contributors have brought together an impressive array of voices, research methodologies, and current notions of language education from a post-colonial perspective.” Dario Luis Banegas, language Education Lecturer, The University of Edinburgh, UK