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Meet the Language Development Group (LDG). Click on a name below to find out more about the staff:

Arlene Archer
Arlene is the co-ordinator of the Writing Centre . She teaches academic writing and communication in a number of contexts, including Engineering and Humanities courses, and is particularly interested in the changing nature of literacy (including multiliteracies) and how diverse students from a range of language, class, cultural and gender identities access disciplinary knowledge. In her PhD, she looked at the relationship between the multimodal representational resources of diverse students and the expectations of the academy.

Moeain Arend
Moeain joined the LDG in 2007 as a permanent member of staff, but has worked in the Writing Centre as a writing consultant from 2004 to 2006. He teaches on the Language in the Humanities and Academic Literacy in the Humanities courses which are designed for first year students.

Bongi Bangeni (Co-ordinator of LDG)
Bongi joined the Language Development Group in 2002. She has a Masters degree in Applied Language Studies. Her research interests include English second language writing and identity, multilingual interventions in various learning contexts, as well as the transition from undergraduate to postgraduate studies and the implications of this transition for writing.

Catherine Hutchings
Catherine has worked in the LDG since 2001. Before that she was employed as a consultant in the Writing Centre, where she initiated the internship project. Her interests include those of academic mentoring, dialogical journaling and reflective literacy. She has taught on courses in the Humanities, Commerce and Health Science faculties. These include the Academic literacy course, 'Language in the Performing Arts' (LiPA) for students in the Performing and Creative Arts. Language in the Humanities and the language and commerce section of the Economics foundation course. Apart from course teaching, she has run workshops on academic writing, thesis and scientific report writing.

Mathilde van der Merwe
Mathilde is involved with postgraduate writing development in the quantitative disciplines. She completed her PhD in Genetics in 2010 at the University of Stellenbosch, where she also acted as writing consultant at their language centre's writing lab.

Gideon Nomdo
Gideon convenes the Language and Communications module attached to the Introductory Economics course in the Commerce faculty, offering language-based support for students on the extended curriculum programme. He is interested in academic literacy, curriculum development, student development, and mentorship. He is the Academic Co-ordinator of the Mellon-Mays Undergraduate Fellowship Programme (MMUF) at UCT. This fellowship is an Equity Development initiative and aims at recruiting highly successful Black students into academia.

Moragh Paxton
Moragh's teaching, curriculum development and research has been in Commerce, Humanities, Science and Health Sciences. In her PhD she used linguistic and intertextual analysis of student writing as a tool for investigating the intersection of the academic curriculum and student voices in first year economics.

Lucia Thesen
Lucia has been working in academic literacy teaching, research and development since the mid 1980s. She convenes a Masters option on academic literacies in the School of Education, and initiated the Postgraduate Literacies Project, with links across CHED.

Natashia Munia

Natashia comes from a strong science background, completing her PhD in Population Genetics at UCT in 2013. During her PhD she worked as a consultant at the Writing Centre and then, in 2014, as a part-time lecturer in the Language Development Group. She has recently been appointed in a full time position as the Language Development coordinator for the Faculty of Health Sciences, where she has been tasked with initiating a faculty-based Writing Centre as well as building capacity in Academic Literacy by offering workshops for staff and students.

Kate Le Roux

Kate joined the Language Development Group in 2015, with a focus on writing in science and engineering. Her teaching and research in higher education over the past ten years has focused on student transition from school mathematics to and through the mathematical discourses valued in disciplines at university. Empirically she is interested in what mathematical discourses and opportunities for participation in these discourses are offered by institutional support initiatives and how students act with these opportunities. She uses theoretical and methodological tools from critical linguistics and mathematics education. These tools allow her to investigate student action at the micro-level of the classroom or interview as the interplay of the mathematical, discursive and socio-political. It also enables her to explain this action relative to macro-level socio-political practices.    


Aditi Hunma

Aditi is a Lecturer in the Language Development Group (CHED).  She has a background in English, Linguistics, Philosophy and Rhetoric, and went on to specialise in Education in the Applied language and literacy field, with a focus on teaching English in Higher education. Since then, she has been involved in teaching, training Tutors and designing language interventions in the Humanities EDU from 2012 to 2015.  In 2016 she joined the LDG to develop new educational resources for undergraduate and postgraduate students and teach on one of the Introductory courses, Language in the Humanities.  She has been exploring new digital spaces and methods to promote academic literacies for students with English as an additional language.