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 modulesin 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.
Social Development Month (October) - 22/10/2014
Pro-poor strategies such as social grants, the national school nutrition programme and the expanded Public Works Programme, amongst others, reflect a better understanding in that the most vulnerable are assisted to break the poverty trap.
Limpopo’s tomato growers have to face up to climate change - 20/10/2014
Limpopo Province produces 66% of the total annual tonnage of tomatoes grown in South Africa. The province is also deemed particularly vulnerable to the impact of climate change, partly because it is exposed to extreme weather events. A new study demonstrates the extent to which current climate change scenarios are likely to impact tomato production and proposes possible methods for farmers to mitigate the impact.
Walking the tightrope - 20/10/2014
Twenty first century organisations can be as large and powerful as countries, yet the communication and knowledge revolution has shrunk the planet and its people into a global village. These extremes of size and a shifting environment force organisations to walk a tightrope balancing people, planet and profit.
UP conducts validation trial for IDEXX’s new pregnancy test for cows - 17/10/2014
Improved pregnancy rates among cattle mean greater profitability for dairy and beef farmers. IDEXX, an international company dealing with diagnostic products in animal health, recently approached the University of Pretoria with a request to conduct a project to assist in devising reliable, cost-effective methods for diagnosing pregnancy in cattle. This led to the bovine pregnancy test validation trial, which is being conducted in the South African dairy industry.