Dr Anastacia Motsei
African Languages
FGG 303
IB 21
Flippie Groenewoud Building: Block B 303

Short CV

Tertiary training:

D.Litt: The Expression of Aspect in Sesotho; University of Stellenbosch, 2010

M.A. in African Languages (Linguistics), University of Stellenbosch. Title of thesis: The semantic interpretation of the Applicative in Sesotho, 1993

B.A. Hons in Sesotho Languages, University of the North, Qwaqwa Campus, 1991.

B.A. with majors in Sesotho and Education, University of the North, Qwaqwa Campus, 1989.

Primary Teachers Certificate, Sefikeng College of Education, 1983.

Work experience:

Itlotliseng Primary School, Qwaqwa 1980- 1982

Dikgakeng High Primiry School 1984-1987

Bonamelo College of Education , Phuthaditjhaba Qwaqwa. 1988 -1994

Tertiary education: 11 years at the University of the Free State, Department of African Languages. Secondary education: 12 years


Last five years presentations: National and International


2010           Paper read at the third Research Colloquium on the 29 - 30 September 2010 University of the Free State, Conference Theme: Education for Social Justice, Topic: Problems of translation in Sesotho Language

2011           Paper read at the Sustainable Rural Learning Ecologies Colloquium on the 24 - 25 November 2011 at University of the Free State, Qwaqwa Campus, Conference Theme: Teaching in Rural Learning Environment, Topic: Survival and maintenance of African Languages, with special reference to Sesotho.

2012           Paper read at the Sustainable Rural Learning Ecologies Colloquium on the 01 - 03 October 2012 at University of the Free State, Qwaqwa Campus, Conference Theme: Teaching in Rural Learning Environment, Topic: Communicative Approach as a strategy for teaching and learning Sesotho

2013           Paper read at the South African Folklore Oral Society on the 04 – 06 September 2013 at the University of Cape Town, Kramer Law Building, Middle Campus, South Africa, Topic: Teaching and Learning of Critical Language Awareness in Sesotho.

2013           Paper read at the Sustainable Learning Environments and Social Justice Annual International  Colloquium  on the 29 -31 October 2013 at University of the Free State, Main Campus, Conference Theme: Teaching and Learning Environments and Social Justice. Topic: Teaching and Learning Proverbs/Idiomatic expressions and Sayings through Critical Language Awareness in Sesotho in schools

Area(s) of Interest

  • Translation
  • Critical Language awareness in Sesotho.

Teaching and Learning areas: Linguistics in African Languages (Sesotho)

Linguistics has many sub-fields concerned with particular aspects of linguistic structure. These sub-fields range from those focused primarily on form to those focused primarily on meaning. They also run the gamut of levels of analysis of language, from individual sounds, to words, to phrases, up to discourse. It can broadly be broken into three categories of study: language form, language meaning, and language in context. Sub-fields of structure-focused linguistics include:

Teaching and Learning of Academic Subject in Sesotho

  • Morphology - the study of internal structures of words and how they can be modified in Sesotho;
  • Syntax - the study of how words combine to form grammatical sentences in Sesotho;
  • Semantics - the study of the meaning of words (lexical semantics) and fixed word combinations (phraseology), and how these combine to form the meanings of sentences In Sesotho;
  • Pragmatics - the study of how utterances are used in communicative acts, and the role played by context and non-linguistic knowledge in the transmission of meaning in Sesotho;
  • Discourse analysis - the analysis of language use in Sesotho texts (spoken, written, or signed); and
  • Sociolinguistics, which looks at the relation between linguistic variation and social structures in Sesotho.
  • Teaching of Sesotho for non-mother tongue.

Teaching and Learning experience at the University of the Free State from 1995 - to date

Professional subject

  • Methodology of teaching Sesotho Senior phase to FET phase
  • Language Proficiency in Sesotho


T: +27 51 401 2240 or humanities@ufs.ac.za

Marizanne Cloete: +27 51 401 2592

Neliswa Emeni-Tientcheu: +27 51 401 2536
Phyllis Masilo: +27 51 401 9683

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