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Postgraduate Studies​​

      Postgraduate Student Support Services


The University's Language Centre is a vibrant hub for students, staff and clients who require language and communication assistance. For us, language is a transformational space that has the power to change lives, inform policy and unite people.


We offer language support and guidance to postgraduate students, wherever you are in your postgraduate journey. We have the following available for you:

Writing c​​​o​​​nsultations

Discuss your own writing with a trained consultant through the Writing Lab. You can make an appointment on KENAKO for a free, online writing consultation via MS Teams (you will receive a Teams meeting request after you have made the appointment), or e-mail us for an appointment – we could also arrange a Skype appointment:
Anne-Mari Lackay | Vinelene Hartley Rose Richards

Writing workshops and marathons
Attend a tailor-made online Writing Lab workshop to help you write your research proposal, literature review, thesis or journal article. Or join an online writing marathon for concentrated writing energy and progress in a supportive environment with a facilitator on hand. You could even form a writing support ​​​​group through the Writing Lab.
Contact us for our list of scheduled workshops: Selene Delport

Reading c​​​​​onsultations and workshops

Learn how to read more strategically and competently. In addition to free reading consultations and one-on-one coaching, our Reading Lab also offers a visual and cognitive processing program, EyeBrainGym, to optimise your reading. All of these services are also available in a suitable format for online and remote learning.
Contact Marisca Coetzee

English courses

Improve your academic English with us. Our online English for Academic Purposes (EAP) Programme, which offers a choice of either or both EAP modules: Reading & Writing and Speaking & Language, will help take your English to the next level. Two hours a week per module for a semester.

If you're set to study or work abroad in an English-speaking country that requires IELTS (International English Language Testing System) certification, we can help you prepare for the exam. Enrol for our online IELTS preparation course and develop the strategies to write the IELTS exam.

You could also do a blended learning TEFL course (for teaching English as a foreign language) with us if you plan to travel and teach. Or maybe you want to revamp your teaching style or earn an income from the comfort of your own home.

​​​Language editing and tr​​anslation

Use our Language Service to edit and translate your research questionnaires, consent forms and your abstract. We translate into 15 languages, including isiXhosa.
Contact Cobus Snyman



Work with one of our interpreters to interview your research participants. We work in Afrikaans, English, isiXhosa and SA Sign Language, so if your participants speak one of those languages but you don't, we could interpret for you.
Contact Nanette van den Berg


Get a professional transcription of your research interviews so that you can get on with the research itself.
Contact Tania Botha


Check out the trilingual terminology tool on our website for subject terminology in Afrikaans, English and isiXhosa.

​Afrikaans and isiXhosa c​​​ourses

Deepen your connection with others​ by learning their language. For social language skills, try tandem learning with a buddy, survival sessions or group learning through our Language Learning Hub. Please contact us for our schedule of online offerings. We also offer semester courses for international students.
Afrikaans courses: Vernita Beukes 
isiXhosa courses: Zandile Kondowe
Language Learning HubHelga Sykstus
General enquiriesJeanene Olivier


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