Country: South Africa
Durban is a cosmopolitan city, with a rich history and a diverse population. It has a thriving social and night life. The city overlooks the Indian Ocean, and therefore offers marvelous opportunities for those who enjoy beach walks, swimming, and surfing. The culinary experiences in Durban are a reflection of the diverse populations inhabiting the city. From saucy, spicy Indian curries to sumptuous steaks and boerewors (sausage), Durban is heaven for meat lovers. Increasingly, Durban also has a growing number of vegan and vegetarian restaurants. A public transport system of international standards is currently under development. Uber and multiple other taxi providers are available to transport individuals to their choice destinations. Accommodation is also available in various forms, including flats, garden cottages and houses.
Host Institution: University of KwaZulu-Natal
The University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) has 5 campuses across 2 regional spaces within the province of KwaZulu-Natal. Edgewood campus, the campus where the Fellow will be teaching, is based in Pinetown, which is approximately 20 kilometers away from the city. The university reflects the diversity of an African university, with multiple racial groups represented. The institution proudly advocates for inclusion and diversity; this is visible in the very friendly relations between those who work and study at the institution. The programs on offer are also a reflection of this reality. The campus has approximately 6800 students. As a research-led university, all faculty are expected to undertake both teaching and research activities. A thriving culture of community outreach also exists amongst the staff and students. In sum, working at UKZN is an enjoyable experience. The available resources (including libraries, 21st-century technology, teaching facilities, etc.) are of international standards. As such, the Fellow will feel at home working at UKZN.
- The Fellow will teach a course for 1st and 2nd year undergraduate pre-service teachers in the Bachelor of Education English Language Education program. He/she will be expected to participate in the school’s teaching practice program for pre-service teachers, focusing on English Education majors.
- The Fellow will engage in collaborative research projects. One such project will involve supporting the development of an English literacy program targeting disadvantaged schools in collaboration with the School of Education.
The Fellow may be asked to:
- Support the English Education Department and provide professional development for faculty.
- Interact with English Access Microscholarship Program students and teachers in KwaZulu-Natal province, acting as a cultural informant for students and facilitating workshops for Access teachers as needed.