Stellenbosch University
Welcome to Stellenbosch University
isiXhosa 123 for beginners
Start: 08/10/2022, 09:00
End: 26/11/2022, 11:30
Contact:Helga Sykstus - 021 808 4004
Location: Seminar Room of the Language Centre, Kleine Bosch, 44 Banhoek Road, Stellenbosch

​What is the focus of this course?

This interactive short course will introduce you to basic and functional isiXhosa for use in social contexts. You will gain isiXhosa vocabulary for use in basic communication as real-life scenarios are incorporated to encourage the use of authentic language.

The course consists of interactive face-to-face sessions during which the presenter teaches the basic grammatical aspects of isiXhosa, involving practical exercises and acquiring of basic vocabulary. This will enable you to take part in basic conversations related to everyday life.

We will expect you to practise the language using material and exercises available online and to work in pairs or small groups functioning as a check for each other. All the face-to-face sessions will be facilitated by our experienced presenter, and course material is available in English.

This course will assist you to:

  • greet and introduce yourself
  • provide basic personal information
  • ask and respond to basic questions
  • have a basic conversation with other isiXhosa speaking individuals
  • communicate socially on a basic level, and
  • use basic vocabulary related to everyday life.
A certificate of competence will be awarded following the successful completion of this course.

Who is the presenter?

Jana Nel started her teaching career at a South African multilingual and multicultural primary school. Her journey continued as a lecturer at the Education Faculty, Stellenbosch University, where she trains all student teachers to learn isiXhosa as a language of conversational competence. She is an enthusiastic and passionate lecturer where her roots with isiXhosa originated when she was eight years old and specialized in isiXhosa at university level.

She believes that by learning an African language like isiXhosa you are enabling yourself to connect with your fellow South Africans on a deeper level. Nelson Mandela stated that when you speak to a man in a language that he understands, it goes to his head. When you speak to him in his language, it goes to his heart. She is passionate about emphasizing this philosophy to equip her students to go and reach out to the hearts of our fellow South Africans.

Who should attend?

This course is aimed at members of the public. Non-mother tongue speakers of isiXhosa who would like to be able to converse in basic isiXhosa should register for this interactive language course.

To ensure optimal learning, we limit the number of participants. Face-to-face sessions are complemented by online learning, and certain aspects of the course are assessed.

Any prerequisites?

You will need a computer and a reliable web browser to access learning material on SUNOnline. 

Where and when will this course take place?

The course is presented on Saturdays from 9:00-11:30. The 8 face-to-face sessions will take place in the Seminar Room of the Language Centre, Kleine Bosch, 44 Banhoek Road, Stellenbosch on the following dates:

Enrol by

Face-to-face sessions
05 October8, 15, 22, 29 October, 5, 12, 19 & 26 November

During this course, you will spend your time as follows (this may vary for individuals):  

  • one face-to-face session per week of two hours each
  • about one hour per week of autonomous learning and online activities


Click here if you are interested in doing this course to register: Application Form (

Further questions?

Contact Helga Sykstus at for more details.

You could also discuss your specific short-course and development needs with us. Enquire about our available short courses, course dates and options for tailor-making a course. ​