Teaching context

Teaching Context

I am an Associate Profefessor in the Linguistics Department where I focus on courses related to media studies and discourse. Previously I was a lecturer in the media department's journalism programme. I taught audio-visual production to first, second and third-year students, where the focus was to equip them with the skills they need to conceptualise, produce and disseminate news-focused content for audio-visual platforms such as radio and television.  I also teach taught mass communication and culture, which gives students a foundation on how media impacts society and how society impacts media.  I was also the lecturer responsible for teaching media law, which provide students with the legal context in which media in South Africa operate, and court and crime reporting, where my students got a taste of what it entails to be journalists covering the crime news beat. In 2019, I was invited as a visiting lecturer at the University of Cape Town to teach an honours course in Public Argumentation, a foundational course in Rhetoric Studies, which is the field in which my PhD is based.

My students are young South Africans from all walks of life who are passionate about using media and communications to tell the stories of their communities in the hope of bringing about change. Most of them are multilingual and can be characterised as digital natives, which means even though they have varying degrees of access to data and digital equipment, most have grown up in a world where digital tools are a way of life. My past students have made a notable impact in the South African journalism industry, applying the skills they gained in the course of their studies.

With TV Production students on a field trip to the SABC's parliamentary bureau
Students attend an actual event where they interviewed newsmakers for their assignments
Presenting at the 2019 Literary Association of South Africa Conference. Cape Town: 2019 on my RIFTAL fundedteaching project

Course outlines

Every year I prepare very comprehensive course outlines so that my students know exactly what to expect on a week by week basis. These outlines include a visual representation of how learning will occur and how much time students should devote to a particular task. I also make sure that these outlines are translated into isiXhosa and Afrikaans because of my inclination towards fostering a multilingual teaching and learning environement.

Mass Communication and Culture Course Outline 2020_isiXhosa.docx

This is an example of a course outline in isiXhosa. Students are presented with course outlines in English, Afrikaans and isiXhosa to foster multilingualism

This is an example of my course English course outline to show how I consider Blooms taxonomy in planning my content, and how I scaffold the student's work so that they build on what they are learning. This specific outline also demonstrates how restructured my course for wholly-online learning due to the covid-19 pandemic