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The Department of English offers one major course, English and a University wide Core Module, English Communication Skills (ECS). Students who want to major in English can take any other subject, from those listed as majors in the calendar, as a second major.


Cognisant of the inestimable value of studying texts from a wide range of critical perspectives, genres, periods and locations, the Department of English at the University of Venda aims to provide high quality teaching and research in a myriad of areas in English literature and language.


The mission of the Department of English at the University of Venda is to teach skills relevant to the study of English in a creative and stimulating way in order to help students communicate competently and think critically and creatively. In order to achieve this, it uses appropriate study materials and teaching methods. The Department also strives to develop according to the needs of the career market and society as a whole. Because of the disadvantaged background of most students who enrol at the University of Venda, the Department, if necessary, develops specific programmes to help it deal with possible inadequacies in such students. It also strives to foster a strong research culture among students and staff in order to help create new knowledge and thereby contribute to social development among students and staff in order to help create new knowledge and thereby contribute to social development.

For more information, please contact the Head of Department, Dr Lesibana Rafapa or Sectional Co-ordinators.

Tel: 015 962 8361
Fax: 015 962 4749 / 0865200906

Undergraduate Modules

The following modules are offered in the Department of English:

ECS (English Communication Skills)

English Communication Skills (ECS) consists of two modules. Module one is offered in the first semester and module two in the second semester. The first module ECS 1541 is a core module and must be taken by all first-year students from all schools enrolling for the first time, but also by those from other year groups who are repeating the ELP or ECS course. Thus many students are registered for this subject every year – roughly 3000. In order to accommodate them all in groups, there are quite a number of groups to choose from. Every student enrolled for ECS 1541 has to belong to one of these groups. The group the student chooses has to be selected according to the student's own personal timetable. Since some groups' lecturing times will clash with the lecturing times of other subjects, students have to be sure that they choose a group which will allow them to attend all four of the ECS 1541 lecturing periods. Students can therefore not come to an ECS 1541 lecturer, complaining that on a specific day they were unable to attend his/her class, because they (students) had a clash with another subject. Students simply have to choose another group, which does not clash with that subject. It is for this very reason that such a large number of ECS 1541 groups exist. Every group has four teaching periods per week. The lecturer assigned to that group will explain to students how these periods will be utilised. Students are expected to attend every period, as this is a practical skills based module, which entails working in class. As a result of the large numbers lecturers have to work with, the setting of dates for tests and assignments is a laborious affair, which can easily be complicated. In this regard, students' full cooperation and patience will be greatly appreciated.

In the second semester students are expected to register for their School Specific Module i.e.

  • ECS 1641 for Human & Social Sciences
  • ECS 1642 for Education
  • ECS 1643 for Business & Management Sciences
  • ECS 1644 for Law
  • ECS 1645 for Natural & Agricultural Sciences
  • ECS 1646 for Environmental & Health Sciences

The same principles for choosing groups, as applied in ECS 1541, hold true for the students' respective electives.


As English is an important key to educational success in South Africa, the aim of the English language courses is to develop knowledge and skills in the English language and the way in which it is used in various social contexts. The language course is divided into two categories; namely, language structure and language use.

Language Structure

This section of the course focuses on phonology (how sounds combine), phonetics (the sounds of language), morphology (structure of words), syntax (sentence structure), semantics (meaning of sentences) and pragmatics (meaning of sentences in situations).

Language Usage

This section of the course examines the uses of English for everyday communication. It focuses on the grammatical usage of English for various purposes. Common language errors and mistakes that second-language (L2) students make in various uses of English are also addressed. The following language modules are offered.

  • ENG 1561 Introduction to the English Language (Structure & Usage)
  • ENG 2561 English Structure and Usage: Intermediate Level
  • ENG 3541 Advanced English Structure (Core)
  • ENG 3542 Advanced English Usage (Core)


The literature course is designed to open new vistas in the students' minds by showing lives, experiences, values and beliefs that are different from their own. The course is meant to inculcate in students knowledge of the three genres of poetry, prose and drama and their characteristics. The main aim of the course is to make students conversant with critical concepts as well as literary conventions and how they change. The course aims to inculcate a strong critical sensibility in students. Students will be expected to thoroughly familiarise themselves with all the literary terms employed in the criticism of each genre and work out what texts signify as well as determine the aesthetic value of a text. Hereunder is a list of modules offered.

  • ENG 1661 Introduction to Literary Studies
  • ENG 2661 Postcoloniality and the African World in Literature
  • ENG 3641 Postcoloniality and the Novel (Core)
  • ENG 3642 The Poetry of Love, Protest & Resistance (Elective)
  • ENG 3643 The Drama of Class, Race and Cultural Differences (Elective)


Postgraduate Packages

B.A. Honours in English Language Teaching (ELT)

First Semester

  • ELT 5522 Poetics: Plato to the Nineteenth Century (core)
  • ELT 5523 Language Teaching Methodology (core)
  • ELT 5524 Psycholinguistics (elective)
  • ELT 5525 Discourse Analysis (elective)
  • ELT 5526 Language Testing (elective)
  • ELT 5527 Language and Society (elective)
  • ELT 5529 Literary Research Methods: Theory and Practice (core)

Second Semester

  • ELT 5622 Modern Critical Theory and Practice (core)
  • ELT 5623 Language Syllabus Design (core)
  • ELT 5624 Psycholinguistics (elective)
  • ELT 5625 Discourse Analysis (elective)
  • ELT 5626 Language Testing (elective)
  • ELT 5627 Language & Culture (elective)
  • ELT 5629 Language Research Methods: Theory and Practice (core)
  • ELT 5721 Dissertation

B.A. Honours in Literature

First Semester

  • ESH 5521 Poetics: Plato to the Nineteenth Century (core)
  • ESH 5522 Black South African Literature in English (elective)
  • ESH 5523 Background to Modern African Literature in English (elective)
  • ESH 5524 American Literature (elective)
  • ESH 5525 Shakespeare: Background and Plays (elective)
  • ESH 5526 The Romantic Period: Background and Essays (elective)
  • ESH 5529 Literary Research Methods: Theory and Practice (core)

Second Semester

  • ESH 5621 Modern Critical Theory and Practice (core)
  • ESH 5622 Liberalism and Protest in South African English Literature (elective)
  • ESH 5623 Postcolonial African Literature in English (excluding South African Literature) (elective)
  • ESH 5624 American Literature (elective)
  • ESH 5625 Shakespeare's Sonnets (elective)
  • ESH 5626 The Romantic Period: Poetry (elective)
  • ESH 5629 Language Research Methods: Theory and Practice (core)
  • ESH 5721 Dissertation

In addition to the packages above students may, in consultation with both the Head of Department of English and that of Communication and Applied Language Studies, register for a B.A. Honours in Literature and Media Studies Package. More details in this regard can be found in the School of Human and Social Sciences' Calendar.

ENG 800 M.A (by research) - A dissertation on any aspect of English language or literature in English approved by the Department.

ENG 900 PhD (by research) - A thesis on any aspect of English studies (language and / or literature) approved by the Department.

Staff Research, Publications and Conference Profiles

Dr LJ Rafapa

Dissertation / Thesis Written

The Representation of African Humanism in the Narrative Writings of Es'kia Mphahlele , D.Litt, Stellenbosch University . 2006.

Research Projects, Monographs, Book Chapters, Journal Articles and Newspaper Articles

  • South African Drum Writers of Fiction, the English Language and African Identity (forthcoming), Chapter in a peer-reviewed book entitled English Language and Literature: Cross Cultural Currents, to be published by Cambridge Scholars Press, Cambridge , U.K.
  • Es'kia Mphahlele's Afrikan Humanism (2008), a monograph published by Stainbank & Associates, Johannesburg.
  • All religions can be marred by intrusive Satanism, yet no religion is inherently Satanist (2008 February 7), published in The Podium newspaper.
  • Completed NRF-funded research project (registration no. 06/ENG/04) and submitted report through the University of Venda (2007, September 17), entitled The indigenous Art of Rainmaking among the Mamaala Clan in the Mokopane Area of Limpopo, South Africa.
  • The Poetry Legacy of Es'kia Mphahlele ( 2007Spring), published in Mapungubwe News,
    Department of Sports, Arts & Culture, Limpopo.
  • Es'kia Mphahlele's etching of two axes of religion using the framework of his concept of
    Afrikan Humanism in Father Come Home (2007), published in Tydskrif vir Letterkunde
  • The impact of 1950's banning of some South African writers on teaching African literature today (2007), published in the Journal of Educational Studies 6(1).
  • A Credo to Guide the New South Africa ( 2006, November 19 ), published in the City Press newspaper.
  • The Representation of African Humanism in the Narrative Writings of Es'kia Mphahlele (2006), a monograph published by Stainbank & Associates, Johannesburg.
  • Completed research and submitted report on The Development, Protection and Promotion of Provincial Identity, Culture and Character Regarding Multilingualism as a Criterion. Towards a Satisfactory TV Local Content, in hearings hosted by ICASA in Cape Town on 8 May 2001.
  • Ke Ithuta Polelo (2000), a series of outcomes-based language books in North Sotho for Grades 4 - 6, published by Shuter and Shooter, Pietermaritzburg and approved for school use by DoE.
  • Completed research and presented a report on National Literary Museums and Language Development Centres (in collaboration with Prof C.T. Msimang), for the Minister of Arts, Culture, Science and Technology, Pretoria, 23 April 2001.
  • Tshekaseko (1994), a N. Sotho Grade 12 literature study guide, published by Bard Publishers and approved for school use by DoE.
  • Consistency in the ZCC (1992), published in the ZCC Messenger No. 22.

Creative Writing

  • Mohlomongwe ke Tlhabologo . (Short Stories). Shuter & Shooter, 2000.
  • The old new Africa, the new old Africa. In Crossroads of the Century(Poetry Anthology). Poetry Institute of Africa , 1999.
  • Ditlabonyane ke Ditlaboima. (Novel). NAM Publishers, 1998.
  • Tate le Barwa le Moya. (Novel). Heinemann Publishers, 1997.
  • Baphakamonola. (Novel). Vivlia Publishers, 1996.
  • The New South Africa. (Stage Play). Performed in 1992 in a schools competition.
  • Diphiri tša Soweto tše di Gagolago. (Novel). Maskew Miller Longman, 1991.
  • Mabudutša. (Short Stories). Kagiso, 1986.
  • Bowelakalana. (Novel). Kagiso, 1986.
  • Maikemišetšo. (Radio Drama Serial). SABC, broadcast 1985.
  • Tšhila ya Tsebe. (Short Stories). Educum, 1983.
  • Bohwa bja Madimabe. (Novel). De Jager-HAUM, 1982.
  • Mogwane o a Lla. (Novel). J.L. Van Schaik, 1980.
  • Leratosello. (Novel). J.L. Van Schaik, 1978.

Conference / Workshop Presentations

  • Presented a paper entitled The Literary Use of the English Language by South African Drum Writers from the Point of View of Mphahlele's Concept of African Humanism – Implications for African Identity Then and in Current Times at the University of Botswana, Gaborone, Botswana held on 11-14 June 2007.
  • Presented a paper entitled Publish or Perish at a workshop of the University of Venda held on 16-17 August 2007.
  • Presented a paper entitled At the Heart of African Rainmaking at the Southern African Folklore Society conference on 29 August 2007.
  • Presented a paper entitled The Intersection of Experience, Imaginative Writing and Meaning Making in Es'kia Mphahlele for a Human Sciences Research Council lecture on 26 October 2007.
  • Panel Member, The Cost of the Culture of Learning conference held in Cape Town, 2004.
  • Conceptualised, organized and managed a national conference on the state of previously marginalized languages since 1994, Johannesburg, 2002.
  • Co-presented a paper entitled Business versus Language Rights on South African Television at a conference in Berlin, Germany on 5 December 2002.
  • Co-presented (with Dr J-L Kruger) a paper entitled Subtitling, Literacy and Education in South Africa: Putting Audiovisiual Media to Work in the Classroom at a conference in Berlin , Germany on 5 December 2002.
  • Researched and compiled a report on South African Television from a Multilingual Perspective - with a View to Regional Television, for the Communications Minister's Bop TV & Channel Africa Restructuring Task Team, Johannesburg , 10 July 2002.
  • Presented a paper, Managing the Promotion of the African Languages, at the international conference hosted by the University of Pretoria Hammanskraal Campus, 4 July 2002 .
  • Presented a paper, Actualisation of the PanSALB Act, 1995 Amended 1999, with Regard to the Promotion of Multilingualism and Removal of Past Imbalances on the Literary Scene, in a conference hosted by the National Arts Council, University of Pretoria, 21 June 2002.
  • Delivered a paper, The Information Scene as Empowerment and a Tool for Equality, hosted by the Library Association of South Africa, at Phalaborwa, 6 June 2002.
  • Presented a paper, Interacting with Radio, TV and Print Media to Promote Children's Literature Using PanSALB Capacity and Structures, hosted by the Polokwane Library and Unisa's Children's Literature Research Unit, Polokwane, 23 April 2001.
  • Organiser and Coordinator, Scriptwriting for the African Century: Radio, TV and Video conference, Johannesburg , 2001.
  • Presented a paper, A Shift to Afrocentrism as a Precondition for the Success of the School Library in the New Millennium, hosted by the Northern Province School Library Association, in Mpumalanga , 2 September 1999.
  • Presented a paper, The Realisation of African Humanism in Es'kia Mphahlele's Down Second Avenue, at a conference hosted by the Unin Department of English Studies, 5 August 1999.
  • Was a member of the Organising Committee for an international conference hosted by SATESOL 1993.


  • Journal of Educational Studies, published by the University of Venda, 2008 to date, Editor-in-Chief.
  • Southern African Journal for Folklore Studies, published by the University of Limpopo, 2007, peer- reviewed 2 manuscripts prior to publication.
  • Es'kia May You Grow as Big as an Elephant , published by Stainbank & Associates, 2006, reviewed the chapters and wrote the blurb.
  • The Matladian, Matladi High School, 1984, Chief Editor.
  • Turflux , Student Representative Council, University of the North, 1981-1982, Chief Editor.

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Dr KN Phalanndwa

(Mini) dissertation / thesis

  • The Role of Educators in the Implementation and Evaluation of Curriculum 2005 in Region 3 – Limpopo. (Unpublished PhD thesis in Curriculum Studies). University of Venda. 2003.
  • The Relevance of Teacher Educators' Approaches, Methods and Techniques in Educating Student Teachers of English as a Second Language. (Unpublished M.Ed. dissertation) University of Venda. 1997.
  • The Teaching of Reading in South African Black High Schools (Unpublished, M.A. dissertation) Durham University 1991.
  • In search of a Liberating curriculum (Unpublished B.Ed Research paper) University of Venda, 1995.
  • Some Themes on the Venda Poets of the '70's (Unpublished B.A Hons Research paper) University of Venda, 1988.


  • English Language Practical (ELP) Identification of the Writing Strengths and Needs of First Year University Students. (with Phyllis Kaburise). (1998).

Creative Writing

  • 'It is Dark.' In Staffrider . Vol.2 No.1, March 1979.
  • 'How do you feel.' In Staffrider Vol. 2 No 4, Nov/Dec 1979.
  • 'Dogs Continue to Bark.' In Staffrider Vol.3 No1, February 1980.
  • 'Voices from the Throat of A Dead Man.' In Patel, E (1982) The Return of the Amasi Bird . Ravan Press, JHB.
  • 'In this World my sister.' In Chapman, M and Dangor, R, A (1982). Voices From Within Ad Donker, JHB.
  • ‘April 1998'. In Crossroads of the Century . Poetry Institute of Africa. (2000). Scottsburg .
  • Sigwavhulimu, WMR. Milubi, NA, Ndou, LR & Phalanndwa, KN. Khavhu dza Muhumbulo (A collection of Venda Poetry) 2001. NAM Publishers.

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Dr PK Kaburise

Dissertation / Thesis Written

  • Form and function of Second Language. 2005. D Litt Thesis (Univ. of Pretoria).
  • Papua New Guinea and the Process Approach to English Curriculum Design. (1989) Unpublished MEd. Dissertation, (University of East Anglia, UK). Articles in Accredited Journals.
  • “Avoiding the Worst Pitfalls of an English Curriculum,” in English in Aoteare: New Zealand Association for the Teaching of English. (1992).

Peer Reviewed Monograph(s)

  • “Speech Act Theory as an Analytical Tool.” SHS Monograph Series, University of Venda (2000).

Books Published

  • Be Proud with English: Grade 11 . Kalahari Press, (2006).
  • Be Proud with English: Teachers' Guide. Kalahari Press, (2006).
  • Be Proud with English: Grammar Manual. Kalahari Press, (2006).

Unpublished Research Reports

  • “The Identification of the Writing Characteristics of Selected Grade Ten Students in Venda and First Year University of Venda Students.” (1998) (with Kaizer Phalanndwa).
  • “What Competencies Learners' Errors Portray.” (2000).

Conference Papers

  • “Language Offering in a Project and Problem-Solving Curriculum.” SAALT Conference, University of Orange Free State. (2001).
  • “English, Tshivenda and Discourse.” SAALA Conference . University of the North. (2004).

Creative Publications

  • “First Encounter”. Journal of Creative Writing. University of the North (2001).


  • Peace, Unity and People-Centred Development . Leech Printers (2002).

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Dr I Manase

Mini dissertation / thesis

  • PhD thesis: “From Jo'burg to Jozi: A Study of Popular Writings and Images of Johannesburg 1980-2003.” University of KwaZulu-Natal 2007.
  • MA thesis: "Mapping the urban spaces in current Zimbabwean and South African fiction." University of Natal 2003.

Articles in Accredited Journals

  • ‘From Jo'burg to Jozi: Place and Pleasure in the new Johannesburg.” Scrutiny 2 10 2 2005: 116-128.
  • “Making Memory: Stories from Staffrider Magazine and ‘testing' the Popular Imagination.” African Studies 1 2005: 55-72.
  • “Mapping the City Space in Current Zimbabwean and South African Fiction.” Transformation 57 2005: 88-105.

Book Reviews

  • Ranka Primorac. The Place of Tears: The novel and Politics in Modern Zimbabwe. Social Dynamics 33.2 2007: 247-252.


  • "Dissenting White Writings on Johannesburg in the 1980s". WISER 19 October 2006 and at the 7th Annual Interdisciplinary Humanities Graduate Conference UKZN Durban. 29 October 2006.
  • "The ‘Political Criminal': Technology and new popular culture trends in Zimbabwe" at WISER Workshop on “Orders of Transgression”: Law, Crime and Popular Culture 5-6 September 2005 Witwatersrand University.
  • "From Jo'burg to Jozi: Place and Pleasure in the new Johannesburg" at Centre for African Literary Studies Conference “Imagining Texts: Media and Popular Literature in Africa” 8-11 September 2004 Pietermaritzburg.
  • "Johannesburg during the Transition in the work of Vladislavic and Van Niekerk" at "The City, Risk and Rationality” WISER Summer School 1-8 February 2004 Witwatersrand University.
  • "Making Memory: Stories from Staffridder Magazine and 'testing' the Popular Imagination" at Modern Mass Media, Memory and Popular Imagination Conference University of Natal Pietermaritzburg March 2003.

Creative Writing

  • "Jogging Down Memory Lane” The Witness newspaper 19 January 2006.

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Dr NCK Neeta

Conference / Seminar Presentations

  • "English Language for Development: A case for contextualized English language Instruction" (SAALT 1998).
  • "Entrance Tests as another way of gaining access to University Education". (SAALT, 2002).

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Mr VT Bvuma

Conference / Seminar Presentations

  • "Foundation courses as entry requirements for university admission". University of the Free State (2001)

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Mr AH Kauchali

Publications in Journals

  • Teaching of Poetry at Secondary Schools - Educamus, Pretoria, 1995 .
  • The following were published in the Journals of the Institute of Education, University of Dar-es-Salaam, TANZANIA: 1970 – 1975.
    • The Parallel Banks in The Concubine - Elechi Amadi.
    • A Review on Ngugi's The River Between – the Success of the Educated.
    • Soyinka's The Lion and the Jewel the Fiasco of the Educated.
    • Achebe's No Longer at Ease: the Fiasco of the Educated.

Other Publications

  • Published Study-Guides and Examination-Aids for Junior and Senior Secondary School Learners of both English Primary (1st) and Additional (2nd) Language through Biro Educational Project, Thohoyandou and SASA Exam Series (1989 – 2006) on: Julius Caesar , Focus (Short Stories), Maru, The Wind at Dawn (An Anthology of Poetry), Macbeth, Poetry Spectrum (An Anthology of Poetry) The Merchant of Venice, Worldscapes (An Anthology of Poetry), A Handful of Life (An Anthology of Poetry), Encounters (One Act Plays), Winners ( Short Stories), Poetry Quest, Time and Again (Poetry Anthologies). The Calf of November Cloud ( novel) .
  • National Senior Certificate: Past Question Papers and Suggested Answers – English 2nd Language (HG)
  • Examination Aid On: Summary Writing and Marking : by Barbara Hollingworth and edited by AH Kauchali, Music to the Wind – Compilation of critical appreciation on prescribed poems for English First Language Learners.

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Mrs MN Lambani

Dissertation / Thesis Written

  • Conceptual Awareness in English of Grade 5 learners: An Analysis. M.A. (PU for CHE) 2001.

Conference / Seminar Presentations

  • "Language Offerings in a Project and problem Solving Curriculum." Paper read at the SAALT Conference, University of Orange Free State, Bloemfontein, South Africa, 04-06 July 2001.
  • "Qualities of Highly Effective Leaders". Presented at a workshop on Quality Leadership and Effective Academic Administration, Eiland, Limpopo Province, South Africa, 7-9 January 2005.

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Mr RN Malinda

Dissertation / Thesis Written

  • Herman Charles Bosman's Treatment of Race Relations in Mafeking Road. M.A. (RAU) 2002.

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Mrs LPM Mulaudzi

Dissertation / Thesis Written

  • Facilitating Gender Awareness through In-Service Training . Unpublished MA Dissertation. 200? Wits University.

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Mr AZ Nengome

Dissertation / Thesis Written

  • Foregrounding Ordinariness: Kaizer Nyatsumba Moves Beyond the Borders of the Prescriptive Climate of ‘Commitment'. MA Dissertation. Wits University (2002)

Conference / Seminar Presentations

  • "The role of literature in keeping the African social fabric intact" (presented in an in- house seminar – Wits).

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Ms RS Ngubane

Dissertation / Thesis Written

  • An investigation of Autobiographical authority and authorship in autobiographies of those who ‘do not write'- in Paulina Dlamini: Servant of two kings. MA Dissertation (UND) 1992.

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Ms P.E.A Ramaite

Dissertation / Thesis

  • Patois and Tsotsitaal as Strategies in Protest Poetry.
  • The Use of Critical Language Awareness (CLA) and Critical Discourse Analysis(CDA) in the Stimulation of Gender-Issues in African Communities. (RAU 1999).
  • Strategies for Eradicating Gender Stereotypes, Traditional Gender Roles and the Subjugation of Women in Women Magazine, through the Use of Content Analysis, Textual Analysis and Critical Discourse Analysis, with Special Reference to the University of Venda. (UNIVEN 2004).

Conferences / Seminar Presentations

  • Feminist Literary Theory: Reading as a Strategy for Teaching Resistant Reading Strategies to Students. March 1999 .
  • Sexism, Myths, Stereotypes and Attitudes Towards Women as Reflected in Language. June 1998.
  • Strategies for an Effective Academic Support Programmes. March 1998.
  • Eclecticism in English Language Teaching for Secondary School Teachers in the Thohoyandou Circuit. 1992.
  • The Use of Language in the Subjugation of Women, with Special Reference to English, Tshivenda, Xitsonga and Northern Sotho Proverbs and Idiomatic Expressions. – 2007 SAFOS Conference.
  • Decolonizing the Mind through Indigenous Dress and Identity. – 2007 -OHASA Conference.

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The following is a list of staff members in the Department of English:

Mr Bvuma, Vincent T
Position: Lecturer

Mr V.T. Bvuma joined the University of Venda in August 1998. He lectures English Structure and Usage at undergraduate level and English Language Testing at post-graduate level. He has also lectured English for Law Students, Business English, Language Research and Language Teaching Methodology. He obtained his BA (Ed) at the University of the North (now Limpopo) in 1990, majoring in English and his MEd. (Teaching English as a Second Language) from Notre Dame in the USA in 1993. His research interests are language testing, language learning strategies, derivational morphology and phonotactics.

Department: English Department

Telephone: +27 15 962 8288
Office: Human & Social Sciences Block, Room 19

Mr Demana, Vincent N
Position: Junior Lecturer

Mr Demana joined the Department of English, (ECS) Section on 01 September 2015. He holds a BA (Hons) degree in English Language Teaching (ELT) from the University of Venda and a Secondary Teachers Diploma from Venda College of Education. He is currently doing his Masters’ degree with the University of Venda in English Language Teaching. Before joining the Department of English; he was an English language teacher at high school, a junior lecturer in the Humanities, Management Sciences and Law Foundation and a Chief Administration Officer in Committee Section (University of Venda). His research interests are on academic literacy and linguistics.

Department: English Department

Telephone: +27 15 962 8288
Office: Human & Social Sciences Block, Room 30

Dr Kaburise, Phyllis
Position: Senior Lecturer

Dr Phyllis Kaburise is in the Language Section of the English Department and holds a BA (Hons) from the University of Ghana (Legon), MEd from the University of East Anglia/ Cambridge (UK) and a PhD from University of Pretoria (South Africa). In addition, Dr Kaburise has a RSA Cert ESL Teaching (UK) – (Royal Society of Arts and the University of Cambridge Syndicate (UCLES) and a Certificate in Second Language Teaching form School of Languages and Communication, Wellington Polytechnic (New Zealand). Dr Kaburise teaches both undergraduate and post-graduate courses and was for many years, coordinator of the Language section of the Department and the HoD of the University Human Sciences, Management and Law Foundation Provision. Prior to that, Dr Kaburise was a lecturer in the Department of English, University of Waikato (New Zealand); Tutor, School of Languages and Communication, Wellington Polytechnic (New Zealand); Lecturer, University of Transkei (Transkei); Lecturer in English and Professional Studies, Port Moresby Inservice College (Papua New Guinea); Lecturer in the English Department, University of Papua New Guinea (Papua New Guinea); Teacher at Maseru High School, (Lesotho) and teacher at Aggrey Memorial Secondary School, Cape Coast, (Ghana). Dr Kaburise’s research interests include linguistic development of ESL learners, Psycholinguistics, Pragmatics, Semantics and Second Language Research.

Department: English Department

Telephone: +27 15 962 8672
Office: Human & Social Sciences Block, Room 24

Dr Klu, Ernest
Position: Senior Lecturer & HoD

Dr Klu had his early education in Ghana after which he attended Oshogbo Grammar school in Nigeria briefly before he gained admission to the University of Ibadan to study Philosophy, Language Arts, English and Linguistics. He also studied at the Rand Afrikaans University (now University of Johannesburg) where he obtained both his Med. and DEd. in Educational Linguistics. He specializes in General and Educational Linguistics, Academic Literacy and Research Methods. Before he became an academic in 2001, Dr Klu was a high school teacher. He has lectured at the University of Namibia (2001 – 2003) and the Medical University of Southern Africa (2003 – 2008). He currently heads the English department at Univen and is also the Vice-dean of the School of Human and Social Sciences. He has published extensively on aspects of Educational Linguistics and Academic Literacy. He serves on the editorial board of several academic journals. He has also supervised postgraduate students in areas related to his field of research interests and expertise. Dr Klu has served as external examiner for both national and international universities.

Department: English Department

Telephone: +27 15 962 8141
Office: Human & Social Sciences Block, Room 20

Dr Lambani Matodzi Nancy
Position: Senior Lecturer

Dr Lambani holds a D. Tech in Language Practice from Tshwane University of Technology. In her thesis, titled “Conceptual teaching by Grade 7 non-mother tongue English teachers: A formative evaluation study from Vhembe District, Limpopo Province”, she evaluated English teachers’ effectiveness in teaching English as a Second Language. Her research interests are, but not limited to: Sociolinguistics, Language Testing, Language Teaching Methodology, Syllabus Design, Second Language (ESL) Learning and Linguistics. She is the coordinator of the Language Section in the department and also supervises post-graduate students. She has published numerous scholarly articles in peer reviewed and accredited journals in the areas of English Language Teaching and Learning. She reviews articles for national and international academic journals. Dr Lambani has also delivered a number of scientific papers in national and international conferences.

Department: English Department

Telephone: +27 15 962 8391
Office: Human & Social Sciences Block, Room 18

Mr Maluleke Mzamani J
Position: Lecturer

Mr Maluleke is a lecturer in the English Communication Skills (ECS) section. He joined the University of Venda in February 2010. Before then, he worked as a deputy principal at Jim Chavani High School. He studied at the University of Limpopo where he obtained his B.A. ed. Honours in English literature and Masters in English Language. His Master’s dissertation was on the challenges of teaching biology through the medium of English. Mr Maluleke has recently defended his PhD thesis and will be graduating at the University of Venda in September 2014. His PhD research examined the academic writing proficiency of level one students at the University of Venda. His research interests include Academic Writing, Multilingualism and Discourse Analysis.

Department: English Department

Telephone: +27 15 962 8291
Office: Human & Social Sciences Block, Room 25

Ms Mashala, Julyan Mashaba
Position: Lecturer

Ms Mashala is a lecturer in the English Communication Skills section. She holds a BA and HED from the University of the North (now University of Limpopo), ACE (Language Education) (UKZN), PGDip. (Intercultural Communication) (Stellenbosch), MA (TESL/Applied Linguistics) (Iowa State University). Her research interests include Curriculum Design, Academic Literacy, Intercultural Communication, English for Specific Purposes, Project Based Language Learning, Teacher Education, Computer Assisted Language Learning and Language Testing.

Department: English Department

Telephone: +27 15 962 8391
Office: Human & Social Sciences Block, Room 21

Dr Mashau, Godani Samuel
Position: Lecturer

Dr Mashau joined the University of Venda on the 1st of September 2014. Before joining the English department at the University of Venda Dr Godani had been a school principal. He did his MA and PhD in English Studies at the University of Limpopo. His MA dissertation examined child abuse in the selected works of Eskia Mphahlele while his PhD research examined myth as a tool of literary, socio-economic cultural and political liberation in selected works of Naguib Mahfouz, Ngugi wa Thiong and Zakes Mda.

Department: English Department

Telephone: +27 15 962 8267
Office: Human & Social Sciences Block, Room 28

Mr Motlhaka, Hlaviso Albert
Position: Lecturer

Mr Motlhaka is a lecturer in the English Communication Skills (ECS) section in the English Department. He joined the University of Venda in August 2015. Before then, he worked as a lecturer at University of the Free State (Bloemfontein Campus) and Tshwane University of Technology (Soshanguve Campus). He studied at the University of Limpopo where he obtained his Bachelor of Education Senior Phase & Further Education & Training (BEDSPF) and BA Honours in English Language. He obtained his MA in the Teaching of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA. Mr Motlhaka is currently doing his PhD with the University of Witwatersrand in Applied English Language. His research interests include Language Teaching Methodology, English as a Second Language Learning (ESL), Second Language Writing, Academic Literacy, Multilingualism, Intercultural Communication and Curriculum and Syllabus Design. He has published scholarly articles in peer reviewed and accredited journals in the area of English language teaching and learning. He has delivered several papers in national and international conferences.

Department: English Department

Telephone: +27 15 962 8185
Office: Human & Social Sciences Block, Office C7, Room 7-4

Dr Mulaudzi, Lindiwe Melody Pearl
Position: Senior Lecturer

Dr Mulaudzi joined the University of Venda’s English department in January 2003 and holds an MA in English Education (Wits) and a PhD (ELT) (Univen). Before then, she had been teaching at a Teacher Training College where had risen to become an HoD. She currently lectures in the English Communication Section (ECS) where she is also the Coordinator. She is also part of the HSRC-UNIVEN project on Exemplary Schools. Her research interests and publications are in the areas of Literacy and Academic Literacy, English for Academic Purposes, Women in African Literature, Language Learning and Attitudes and Perceptions towards English Language Learning and Teaching. my supervision and journal articles as well as being.

Department: English Department

Telephone: +27 15 962 8288
Office: Human & Social Sciences Block, Room 17

Dr Neeta, Nande
Position: Senior Lecturer

Dr Neeta joined the University of Venda as a lecturer in English Language in 1996. She holds a B.A. in ESL from UNZA; a Post–Graduate Diploma in English and a Masters in TESOL from Manchester University, UK and a PhD in English from Pretoria University. Her Masters dissertation explored the integration of reading and writing in teaching English Language while her PhD Thesis was a case study of sociocultural influence on student argument writing in English. She was first a high school teacher of English Language, became Head of English Language and Literature in English; later became a Lecturer in English Language at NIPA; was seconded to the Zambia National Commission for UNESCO as Programme Officer; became National Programme Officer with UNDP; and finally worked for the United Nations Trust funded Tracer Project in Botswana. She has published in accredited journals on the use of African wisdom as leitmotif in second language education; teacher competence in the teaching of English Language; multilingualism versus facilitator language competencies; and IKS in second language education. She is a PhD supervisor, a Regional Vice President of the English Academy of Southern Africa and reviews articles for the Journal of Global Citizenship and Equity Education.

Department: English Department

Telephone: +27 15 962 8299
Office: Human & Social Sciences Block, Room 23

Mr Nengome, AZ
Position: Lecturer

Department: English Department

Telephone: +27 15 962 8293
Office: Human & Social Sciences Block, Room 15

Dr Ndlovu, Isaac
Position: Senior Lecturer

Dr Ndlovu is a Y2 South African National Research Foundation rated (NRF) scholar and joined the university of Venda in June 2012 and lectures in Literature in the English Department. Dr Ndlovu holds a Dip.Ed. (Hillside Trs’ College, Zimbabwe), BA (Hons) (University of Zimbabwe), an MA and PhD in English Studies (Stellenbosch, SA) and Postdoctoral Fellowship (UCT, SA). His MA examined the satirical works of the Ivorian writer Ahmadou Kourouma while his PhD was a comparative examination of South African and Kenyan auto/biographical prison narratives. Dr Ndlovu has published on a wide range of subjects, including prison auto/biography, travel narratives, satire and children, postcolonial exercise of power and gender. He is currently working on a book length project sponsored by the American Council of Learned Societies’ African Humanities Program tentatively titled: Traces, Tracks and Trails: Documented and Documenting Bulawayo, 1870 to 1910. His other research interests include recent South African and Zimbabwean literature. He is supervising a PhD candidate working on contemporary Zimbabwean short stories and an MA candidate working on South African travel narratives.

Department: English Department

Telephone: +27 15 962 8305
Office: Human & Social Sciences Block, Room 26

Professor Sewlall, Haripersad (Harry)
Position: Professor

Prof. Sewlall, who joined the University of Venda in September 2014, lectures in Literature in the Department of English. Prof. Sewlall received his early schooling in Durban. Through part-time study he completed the BA, BEd, Hons English and MA (cum laude) at Unisa. He holds a PhD from North-West University (Potchefstroom Campus). His MA dissertation was on the British poet Philip Larkin and his doctoral thesis was on Joseph Conrad and Postcoloniality. Prior to joining academia in 1998, he was a superintendent of English in the Gauteng Department of Education. He has taught at Vista University, Unisa, Fort Hare, and prior to joining Univen, North-West University (Mafikeng Campus). He has published on a wide range of subjects, including Conrad, Mda, Orwell, Ngugi and Dostoevsky. He has also published in the fields of Ecocriticism and Popular Culture (Elvis Presley and Rock music). He has a C2 rating from the National Research Foundation. Prof. Sewlall is an associate editor of Journal of Literary Studies. He is currently supervising a PhD student whose thesis is on the representation of the Atlantic slave trade in a selection of texts.

Department: English Department

Telephone: +27 15 962 8361
Office: Human & Social Sciences Block, Room 16

Mr Thifhelimbilu, Radzilani Emmanuel
Position: Lecturer

Mr Thifhelimbilu is attached to the English Communication Section (ECS) of the English Department. He holds a BA ed. (Univen 1998), BA Hons (English Language Teaching) (Univen 2001), Post Graduate Diploma in Telecommunication and Information Policy (UNISA 2004), Advanced Business Communication Programme (UNISA 2007), Post Graduate Diploma in Second Language Studies (University of Stellenbosch 2013), BA Communication Science (UNISA 2013) and MA Second Language Studies (Stellenbosch 2014). His teaching interests are: Multimodality and Genre Studies, Literacy Development, Sociolinguistics, Error Analysis, Academic Literacy. He has also been researching on word formation trends in the current age and the use of creative concepts to improve reading, viewing and textual comprehension skills.

Department: English Department

Telephone: +27 15 962 8288
Office: Human & Social Sciences Block, Room 30

Last updated 11 March 2016