Centre of African Language Teaching – CALT@UJ
The Centre of African Language Teaching (CALT@UJ) was established in semester 2 of 2018. This centre is a first of its kind in South Africa and was established in 2018 through funding from the Department of Higher Education (University Capacity Development Programme; Teaching and Learning Capacity Development Programme). CALT is embedded in the work of the well-established Department of Childhood Education and focuses on two languages – both offered in the Faculty’s BEd in Foundation Phase (FP) Teaching and the BEd in Intermediate Phase (IP) Teaching namely Sesotho and isiZulu. These two languages are also the languages of teaching and learning in the university-affiliated school, the Funda UJabule School (FUJS). The main aim of CALT@UJ is to enable practice-based research and research-based practice in the education and development of teachers who teach African languages in the foundation phase and intermediate phase of schooling and who teach through the medium of African languages in the foundation phase of schooling. A secondary aim is to develop artefacts and materials supporting the development of the two African languages offered at the UJ Soweto campus, namely Sesotho and isiZulu.