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Academic Literary Courses

The English academic literacy courses are designed to support students studying across the disciplines. These courses focus on writing guided academic assignments for the purpose of developing students’ writing ability in various discourses. They also place emphasis on intensive and extensive reading and listening and note-taking as vital to developing academic skills. Students are introduced to a variety of topics relevant to the respective disciplines through sustained content-based instruction.

Academic literacy courses are presented in the Higher Certificate qualification, extended degrees, and in mainstream programmes. The following literacy courses are presented:
  • GENL1414 and GENL1524 (Higher Certificate and Qwaqwa Campus)
  • EALH1508 and EALH2508 (Faculty of the Humanities)
  • EALT1508 (Faculty of Education)
  • EALL1508 (Faculty of Law)
  • EALE1508 (Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences)
  • EALN1508 (Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences)
  • EALM1504 (Faculty of Health Sciences)
  • AGAH1508 (Afrikaans course, Faculty of the Humanities)
  • AGAE1508 (Afrikaans course, Faculty of Education)

Outcomes of the literacy courses

The academic literacy courses are designed to support students studying across the disciplines. These courses focus on:

  • Critical reading skills, which refers to the ability to extract the main ideas and key details of an academic text
  •  Academic writing skills, which refers to the ability to express information and opinions clearly and with appropriate organisation in the written mode
  •  Oral skills, which refers to the ability to express their opinions about a variety of issues fluently, critically, as well as creatively in the mode of oral discussion
  •  Critical thinking skills, which refers to the ability to apply, analyse, and/or evaluate information
  • Listening and note-taking skills, which refers to the ability to collect and organise important ideas
  • Even though all of these skills are covered in the literacy courses, the main focus is on reading and writing.

Content-Based Structure


Coordinators of various literacy courses on the Bloemfontein Campus

  • Dr Brian Sibanda – EALH1508
  • Kelello Thamae – EALH2508
  • Anneen Church – EALT1508
  • Thandeka Maseko – EALL1508
  • Miranda Carstens Gouws – EALN1508
  • Michael Rowley – EALE1508
  • Linda Sparks – GENL1414 /1524

Workshops presented for facilitators in the ULD

The following are examples of workshops that are presented as part of the training of facilitators:

  • How to teach writing
  • Language teaching and learning
  • How to make use of media in academic literacy classes
  • Student engagement
  • Reading, paraphrasing, and summarising
  • Managing the M-reader programme
  • Assessment
  • Lesson planning

Coordinators of various literacy courses on the Qwaqwa Campus

  • Dr Brian Sibanda – EALE1508; EALN1508
  • Dineo Babili – GENL1408; EALT1508
  • Linique Martin – EALH1508; EALH2508
  • Nosethu Badlezana – Mreader

Contact Us

 Bloemfontein Campus

Annamarie Otto
E: Ottoa@ufs.ac.za

Qwaqwa Campus


Palesa Selepe
T: +27 58 718 5308
E: SelepePM@ufs.ac.za

 South Campus

Linda Sparks
E: sparksla@ufs.ac.za

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