Guest editors' note

  • Tobie Van Dyk North-West University, South Africa
  • Avasha Rambiritch University of Pretoria, South Africa
Keywords: Adelia Carstens


Adelia Carstens retired as full professor and director of the Unit for Academic Literacy, University of Pretoria, after an academic career spanning nearly 40 years, but continues to remain a valued colleague and expert in the fields that she has worked in. In the course of her academic career, she has taught close to 23 different modules from first year to master’s level, successfully supervised several postgraduate students, designed and developed highly successful writing and communication modules, and contributed greatly to the advancement of the University of Pretoria through her work in the development of this institution’s language policy, its language planning and overall language support from undergraduate to postgraduate level. She has mastered and published extensively on academic writing at undergraduate and postgraduate level, course and syllabus design, academic reading, genre-focused teaching of writing, translanguaging and multilingualism, to name a few. Adelia holds two PhDs, one from UNISA and one from the University of Pretoria. She has also been involved in large scale national projects, as well as international collaborative efforts. She holds a C2 NRF rating.


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Author Biographies

Tobie Van Dyk, North-West University, South Africa

Tobie van Dyk is professor of applied linguistics in the School of Languages at North-West University. Currently, he is project leader of four large-scale projects also involving international scholars. He has been commissioned by the South African Centre for Digital Language Resources (SADiLaR), under the auspices of the National Department of Higher Education and Training and the Department of Science and Innovation, to undertake the national language audit of higher education institutions in South Africa. 

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Avasha Rambiritch, University of Pretoria, South Africa

Dr Avasha Rambiritch is a lecturer in the Unit for Academic Literacy at the University of Pretoria and the coordinator of the writing centre. She teaches several academic literacy and academic writing modules at undergraduate and postgraduate level. Dr Rambiritch was closely involved in the design and development of the Test of Academic Literacy for Postgraduate Students (TALPS) — the first of its kind in the country. Her current research is on the role and effectiveness of the Humanities Writing Centre.

How to Cite
Van Dyk, T., & Rambiritch, A. (2022). Guest editors’ note. Journal for Language Teaching , 56(2), i.