The Department of Afrikaans and Dutch, German and French (UFS) has been presenting a short learning course, Afrikaans as a foreign language, informally to small groups for more than a decade. Aspects of everyday life (such as cuisine, modern Afrikaans music, and jokes) are among the themes utilised in teaching and learning the basic grammatical structure, acquiring vocabulary and the correct pronunciation in Afrikaans.

International students and newcomers to the Free State are often interested in learning more about the cultures and languages of the region and to be equipped to at least understand Afrikaans for social and informal interaction.

Apart from online (Blackboard) blended learning opportunities and formal contact time (two hours per week, evening classes), activities will be based on the themes and grammar covered by this 13-week-course. A basic course and an advanced course are offered, usually starting at the end of January and July every year. Both courses in Gesellig Afrikaans are credit-bearing and include formal assessment.

Learning a foreign language is time-consuming and exposure to the language is very important. It was therefore relevant to find alternative modes of presentation to obviate the problem of missed classes and to provide an enhanced quality of independent study. The e-learning course for adults proved to be the answer. Both courses are facilitated in English and make provision for self-monitoring. Enrolled students will also become part of an informal chat-room on Blackboard. Contact in and outside class in Afrikaans are of great value to new students.

For more information, contact Prof Angelique van Niekerk (course administrator) or Karen Combrinck and Ida Meiring at the Department of Afrikaans and Dutch, German and French, UFS:


T: +27 51 401 2240 or

Marizanne Cloete: +27 51 401 2592

Katlego Mabulana: +27 51 401 2495
Juanita Hlongwane: +27 51 401 3269

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