Country: South Africa
Grahamstown is a small town with the convenience that one can walk to campus and the main street to do shopping. Most residences have fairly reliable Wi-Fi. As a small town, it is also generally safer than big South African cities and it is not too far from the Indian Ocean or the big nature reserve, the Addo Elephant Park. Grahamstown is home to the National Arts Festival, an annual festival of performing arts in South Africa and the largest arts festival on the African continent. Because it is a small town, there isn’t a cinema, big mall, or the usual sources of entertainment of a city. However, there is the possibility to balance out potential small town ‘cabin fever’ with rural Eastern Cape travel.
Host Institution: Institute for the Study of the Englishes of Africa (ISEA), Rhodes University
Rhodes University is the smallest university in South Africa, so it is easy to navigate and to get to know people. It has a good library and 24-hour computer labs. The Institute for the Studies of Englishes of Africa (ISEA) is a small institute situated centrally on campus and it prides itself on being a collegial institute. Much of their work involves going to rural schools to observe the lessons of undergraduate students teaching English.
- The Fellow will support ISEA, teach classes, and provide professional development for faculty.
- The Fellow will take part in professional development trainings during the school holidays in intensive 5-day blocks.
- The Fellow will visit teachers throughout the area in their schools to observe English lessons.
The Fellow may be asked to:
- Provide support and professional development to the newly-established English Teachers Association in the Grahamstown area.