The Intellectualisation of African Languages

Podcast: The Academic Citizen

What are the factors responsible for the low status and restricted roles for African languages in South African higher education institutions? Podcast host DR NOSIPHO MNGOMEZULU discusses key themes of decolonisation of higher education, African languages beyond orature, nationalism, young people’s linguistic creativity and the impact of evolving linguistic practices on and off-line on higher education with Associate Prof Brenda Mhlambi, Head of Department of African Languages at the University of the Witwatersrand.

The Academic Citizen (TAC) is an independent podcast series that is supported by the Academic Staff Association of Wits University (ASAWU). Established in April 2016, The Academic Citizen explores a diversity of topics and opinions relating to higher education in South Africa, today and into the future. Each episode welcomes a guest for an in-depth discussion of a particular issue relevant to university life today, including transformation in higher education, gender equity and virtual learning to name a few.

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The Academic Citizen is funded by The Academic Staff Association of Wits University.

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