Dr Colleen Du Plessis
Position
Lecturer
Department
English
Address
9B 208
ENGLISH
IB 28
Telephone
051 401 3286
Office
Flippie Groenewoud Building: Block B 208
Information

Short CV

After completing the BAHons in Communication Science at the University of the Free State in 1984, Colleen du Plessis worked in the private sector for many years as a journalist, translator and interpreter before returning to study further. She successfully obtained her MA degree in English Language Studies in 2012 and was appointed as junior lecturer in the Department of English in the same year. She was promoted to the position of lecturer in 2013 and obtained her PhD in Applied Linguistics in 2017. Her thesis examined issues of construct validity and reliability in the National Senior Certificate Home Language examination and developed a theoretical rationale for the attainment of greater equivalence of standard and construct. Her fields of interest include language teaching and testing, course design, and applied language studies in education.

 

Publications

Loan Le, P., Du Plessis, C. & Weideman, A. 2011. Test and context: The use of the Test of Academic Literacy Levels (TALL) at a tertiary institution in Vietnam. Saalt Journal for Language Teaching, 45(2):115-131.

Du Plessis, C. 2012. Facing up to literacy: Perceptions and performance in a test of academic literacy for postgraduate students. Saalt Journal for Language Teaching, 46(2):123-140.

Du Plessis, C. 2012. The design, refinement and reception of a test of academic literacy for postgraduate students. Unpublished master`s dissertation. Bloemfontein: University of the Free State.

Du Plessis, C. 2014. Issues of validity and generalisability in the Grade 12 English Home Language examination. Per Linguam, 30(2):1-19.

Du Plessis, C. & Weideman, A. 2014. Writing as construct in the Grade 12 Home Language curriculum and examination. Saalt Journal for Language Teaching, 48(2):127-147.

Du Plessis, C. & Du Plessis, L.T. 2015. Dealing with disparities: The teaching and assessment of official languages at First Language level in the Grade 12 school-leaving phase in South Africa. Language, Culture and Curriculum, 28(3): 209-225.

Du Plessis, C. 2016. Inferences from the Test of Academic Literacy for Postgraduate Students (TALPS). Southern African Linguistics and Applied Language Studies, 34(1): 1-16.

Du Plessis, C., Steyn, S. & Weideman, A. 2016. Die assessering van huistale in die Suid-Afrikaanse Nasionale Seniorsertifikaateksamen – die strewe na regverdigheid en groter geloofwaardigheid. LitNet Akademies, 13(1): 425-443.

Du Plessis, C. 2017. Developing a theoretical rationale for the attainment of greater equivalence of standard in the Grade 12 Home Language exit-level examinations. Unpublished doctoral thesis. Bloemfontein: University of the Free State.

Publications (Short List)


Research


Area(s) of Interest

Language testing, academic literacy development, language development and course design 

Courses Presented

ENGS1504: English for Professional Communication

ENGE1608: English Skills for Education

Community Service


Service Learning



FACULTY CONTACT

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

Postgraduate:
Marizanne Cloete: +27 51 401 2592

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

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