Presentation Details

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ The Eleventh International Literacy and Education Research Network Conference on Learning

English as a an Academic Language: An Investigation into Challenges Faced by Second Language Speakers of English Students at UWC

Venicia Smith.

This is an investigation that will be conducted over a two year period to determine what strategies (if any) these students use to overcome learning difficulites, specifically reading, thinking, argumentation and writing difficulties in English as the language of teaching and learning at the University of the Western Cape (UWC). The theoretical framework that will be used for this investigation is Systemic Functional Linguistics that is based on Halliday's Functional Linguistics. The literature that will be reviewed include the current educational policies on higher education of South Africa, Academic Literacy practices, second language acquisition, and Systemic Functional Linguistics. It is hoped that this investigation will not only uncover the difficulties and challenges faced by these students, but in the end, find possible solutions/recommendations to help students in future to reach their full potential and to succeed within the mininum period for completion of their respective degree programmes.


Venicia Smith  (South Africa)
Lecturer in Academic Literacy
Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences
University of the Western Cape

Fourty-something female academic at the University of the Western Cape, Bellville, Cape Town, South Africa. Also a registered Ph. D student in the Faculty of Arts at the same university. I am a determine, hardworking and dedicated person who is not afraid to walk the extra mile or to take on new challenges.

  • English
  • Academic Language
  • Second Language
  • Students
  • Difficulties
  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Strategies
  • Failure Rate
Person as Subject
  • It will be a sample of first year students (20 students) over a two-year period.

(30 min. Conference Paper, English)