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Academic Literacy and Social Justice

Dr Brian Sibanda (University of the Free State) will be presenting a talk titled, ‘Unintended heirloom or a master’s tool: the English language in academic literacy’.

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Academic Literacy and Social Justice

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31 Mar, 14:00 – 15:00 SAST

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Dr Brian Sibanda (University of the Free State) will be presenting a talk titled, ‘Unintended heirloom or a master’s tool: the English language in academic literacy’

Currently, English is central in the Teaching and Learning of Academic literacies. In as much as we are teaching academic skills, language is key in dispensing and carrying out those skills. However, English is also central to the current call to decolonise Higher Education due to attempts to decolonise medium of instruction. This talk aims to search for answers to Boaventura de Sousa Santos’ (2014) question, ‘What are our weapons’ in our decolonial fight? In attempting to answer this question, I will focus on two sides of the language debate. The first of these is English as our unintended heirloom which needs to be appropriated and wielded as a weapon to challenge coloniality. This is a case of using the master’s tools to dismantle the master’s house. The other argument is how English, to use Sabelo Ndlovu-Gatsheni’s (2020) words, is one of the last refuges of coloniality and remains harmful to the metaphysical universe of the other. The talk will offer the ‘third way’ as a decolonially viable alternative to the issue of language in Academic Literacy development. The ‘third way’ proposes for the decolonial use of language in the teaching and learning of EAL through the use of English together with our indigenous languages to unmask and challenge coloniality.

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