Studying Language Practice at the UFS

Society and culture cannot function without language. Practices based on language, such as translation, interpreting, editing and terminology design, occur every day in the economy, politics, medicine, law and other fields. In the multilingual countries of Africa, journalists, doctors, politicians, civil servants, software designers and people in many other jobs have to do their work with people who speak different languages. In Language Practice, we teach students about these practices, the policy context in which they occur and their influences on society and culture.

We focus on the following:

  • Translation
  • Interpreting
  • Terminology development
  • Language policy and language management

Our former students work at:

  • National and provincial Hansard offices
  • Department of Arts and Culture
  • Department of Education
  • Newspapers
  • Magazines
  • SABC and other broadcasters like eTV
  • Universities – as lecturers, language specialists, teaching language skills
  • Free lancing – some students have their own language-practice agencies
  • Police
  • Courts of law
  • Teaching second languages

You can study language practice in one of two ways at the UFS:

If you want to take language practice as a major, you can enroll for the BA in Language Practice.

The major in language practice consists of the following modules:  


Language policy and language practice


Introduction to translation and interpreting


Language practice


Strategies in translation and interpreting


Language planning and language management


Concepts in translation and interpreting

Pathways to studying language practice as a minor:
You can take language practice as a minor or elective if you enroll for a BA General or some of the qualifications in communication science and applied communication science

BA General




Majoring in languages

Two languages

Language Practice


Majoring in linguistics and a language

Linguistics and language

Language Practice

Language Practice


Majoring in communication science and psychology

Communication science and psychology

Language Practice

Language Practice

Majoring in psychology and a language

Psychology and language


Language Practice





BA Communication Studies



Language Practice


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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