A celebration of Umalusi's 20 years of assuring language assessment

Posted 1 April 2023 by NISC under Announcements & Notices • Journal: Southern African Linguistics and Applied Language Studies
A celebration of Umalusi's 20 years of assuring language assessment

Volume 41, issue 1 of  Southern African Linguistics and Applied Language Studies (SALALS) celebrates Umalusi’s 20 years of quality assuring South Africa’s general and further education and training sector. Titled, 'The language enigma: Two decades of quality assuring language assessment in South Africa', the six articles in this special issue is an overview of education policy as it relates to language curriculum and the assessment thereof, while at the same time offering proposals for improvement from a quality assurance point of view.

The subject matter of the articles include problematizing the practice of versioning of learning and teaching materials from English into African languages, given the conceptual and linguistic complexities associated with the process; critiquing the logic of differentiating the South African language curricula along the lines of home and first additional languages; analysing the space allocated to vocabulary assessment in an African language context, and exploring the criteria for assessing and selecting a suitable software for digital learning of a language.

The authors are language experts associated with different institutions in South Africa and their wealth of experience in the quality assurance processes of Umalusi stand them in good stead.

This special issue comes at a time when Umalusi is looking ahead the next 20 years of quality assurance in education. The issue therefore contributes towards strengthening and enhancing ways of setting and maintaining standards of language curriculum across different language contexts.

The issue is published Open Access and can be read here

 

The NISC partnership has benefited the Indo-Pacific Journal of Phenomenology by bringing sustainability, additional branding and marketing, a wider reach through its websites, and the added value of expertise in the very competitive world of publishing.
- Chris Stones, IPJP Editor-in-Chief since 2003
The editorial experience was excellent: the reviewers were timely and their feedback was generative. The co-editor of the special issue was proactive about communicating information to me. In latter stages, the staff that shepherded the essay through the copy-editing stages was also very helpful and in good contact.
- Author - Eastern African Literary and Cultural Studies
It has been an enriching experience working with such enthusiastic and professional people at NISC who have become more friends than business partners over the years.
- Stan Pillar, Editor of the African Journal of Marine Science (1996-2013)
The proofs look great! Thank you so much. The efficiency of the journal now is really excellent. Easy to work with, and so thorough. I appreciate it.
- Regular SAJP Author on his first interaction with NISC
Since 1995, NISC has systematically built up competence and the necessary capacity in all aspects of publishing high-level research journals, with the professionalism needed to flourish in the increasingly competitive world of international research publications. No other publisher in South Africa commands the necessary technical skills, experience, competence, enthusiasm and resources to the same degree as NISC, in my view.
- Graham Baker, Editor of the South African Journal of Science (1973-2008)