English support

Stellenbosch University Language Centre is a vibrant hub for students, staff and clients who require language and communication assistance. The Centre is tasked to improve the institutional multilingual teaching offering as well as individual multilingualism at the University. In keeping with the growing number of postgraduate students at the University, the Language Centre is constantly increasing its offering to this group of students.  This can be seen from the wide range of services that the Centre is already providing to the postgraduate community.

These specialised services include:

  • Scientific writing skills workshops
  • Writing and reading consultations
  • Translation and editing
  • Language testing
  • Writing support groups
  • Writing enriched modules
  • Language acquisition courses for international students (E, A & isiXhosa)

Scientific writing skills workshops are especially popular amongst postgraduate students. These workshops are aimed at students who have to write research proposals, theses and dissertations. Most of the workshops are embedded in specific subject fields, and are developed in close collaboration with the departments concerned. To accommodate students whose departments do not have tailor made scientific writing workshops, generic workshops are presented regularly.

At the Writing Lab and the Reading Lab students can get individual assistance with academic writing and reading development. These services are structured in such a way that students can determine the pace at which they are able to work. 

The Reading Lab offers various services – workshops in reading-skill development, one-on-one consultations, reading and learning support groups, a computer speed-reading development program – to help you overcome these problems. And these services are structured in such a way that you yourself can determine the speed at which you work. Language acquisition and language development courses focus on the development of basic speaking, listening, reading and writing skills on different levels in Afrikaans and English. Academic literacy courses focus on the development of academic language/thinking strategies.

For students wishing to have their research proposals or reports professionally edited, the Language Centre’s language service office offers a language editing service. It is also possible to have abstracts and research instruments such as surveys, questionnaires and informed consent forms translated into a variety of languages.  

For more specific details about all these services consult the Language Centre website at http://www0.sun.ac.za/languagecentre/.