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.
Tuks Camerata gets high recognition - 07/03/2014
Michael Barrett, composer and conductor of the University of Pretoria’s 71-member Tuks Camerata student choir, has been paid the high compliment of having one of his works published by the biggest international distributor of choral music.
Report by UP's Prof Heyns considered in EU resolution - 05/03/2014
On 27 February 2014 the European Parliament adopted Resolution 2014/2567(RSP) on the use of armed drones wherein it notes its concerns on the deaths of thousands of civilians where drones have been used. The European Parliament’s resolution comes after the 2013 reports submitted to the UN General Assembly and Human Rights Council by among others, the UN Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, Professor Christof Heyns, who is also the co-director of the Institute for International and Comparative Law in Africa from the Faculty of Law at the University of Pretoria.
Research on the use of information and communication technologies - 27/02/2014
A pilot study was conducted by Prof Felicite Fairer-Wessels of the Tourism Management Division amongst selected non-profit visitor information centres (VIC) to determine whether the information managers have sufficient knowledge management capabilities in terms of tacit or explicit knowledge, the knowledge management information life cycle and knowledge management assets in terms of organisational processes.