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Unit for Academic Literacy
 

 

Welcome to the Unit for Academic Literacy 

The Unit for Academic Literacy assists students in developing the academic and professional literacies they need to succeed in their academic programmes.  We offer 18 undergraduate modules at first-year level, and two more advanced courses in academic literacy. Some of our modules focus on improving general academic literacy skills, whereas others support the development of subject-specific literacies.

We also offer advice to lecturers who wish to infuse academic literacy skills in their curricula and study materials. Please feel free to contact us about any need you have for collaboration on matters of academic literacy.

In addition, the Unit offers modules in translation and editing, and coordinates a master’s programme in translation and interpreting.

Finally, our lecturers are not only excellent teachers, they also do cutting-edge research and publish actively in scholarly books and journals. Lists of their publications are included under staff profiles, of which some publications are downloadable from UP Space.

 

News

Getting books to our learners by adopting African solutions - 23/04/2014
The biggest challenge facing South African readers is access to books. For everyday South Africans, loading digital texts onto smartphones or tablets isn't a viable solution. You might have heard the saying that we should use African solutions to solve African problems. In this piece, I write about three organisations — Paperight, Siyavula and Worldreader — that offer practical and context-relevant ways of getting books into the hands of South African learners.
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Hellmann Worldwide Logistics South Africa’s ‘#MoreWithLess’ shared value strategy empowers students at the University of Pretoria - 22/04/2014
Hellmann Worldwide Logistics South Africa joined forces with the Department of Business Management to invest in the 21st century ‘knowledge’ currency through their ‘#MoreWithLess’ shared value strategy. This investment is aimed at empowering ten BCom (Business Management) e-business students who presented highly innovative and creative social media initiatives with bursaries and internships for the next academic year at the University of Pretoria, thereby producing world-class graduates.
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UP Architecture graduate wins prestigious national award - 22/04/2014
Heidi van Eeden, a University of Pretoria alumna, was announced as the overall winner of the 27th National Corobrik Architectural Student of the Year award. This is the seventh time that a U.P. student has won this prestigious award. Previous winners were Braam de Villiers (1994), Christiaan van Niekerk (2002), Gerald Schulz (2004), Cillié Malan (2005), Marinda Smalberger (2007) and Clifford Gouws (2012).
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First in-depth look at West Coast’s own Heaviside’s dolphins - 17/04/2014
All Heaviside’s dolphins found along southern Africa’s West Coast are related, and belong to one of two major populations. This is one of the findings of the first in-depth genetic study about this endemic dolphin species that is only found from Table Bay to southern Angola. The species may be sensitive to overharvesting by the hake fishing industry.
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The world beyond 2015 – is higher education ready? - 17/04/2014
‘We are very good at communicating to a scholarly audience, but one of our challenges is how to transfer that information to a broader audience, in other words the general public. There is definitely room for us [universities] to do more of that.’ This was the response of Prof Cheryl de la Rey, Vice-Chancellor and Principal of the University of Pretoria (UP), to one of the questions posed by the Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU) as part of a new international campaign.
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UP ideally positioned to make a contribution - 17/04/2014
African universities have a major role to play in contributing to the continent’s transformation, and the University of Pretoria (UP) is ideally positioned to make such a contribution.
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Prof Tiaan de Jager gives an African perspective on environmental issues in Geneva - 15/04/2014
Prof Tiaan de Jager, Deputy Dean: Research in the Faculty of Health Sciences and Director of the University of Pretoria’s Centre for Sustainable Malaria Control, is an expert on the effect of the presence of pharmaceuticals in the environment in Africa. It was on account of this expertise that he was invited by the German Federal Government Environment Protection Agency and the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) to address them on the effect of pharmaceuticals on the environment in Africa.
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