The Centre for Academic and Professional Language Practice (CAPLP) is responsible for Academic Literacy modules offered at the Potchefstroom campus of the NWU. The aim of these modules is to equip students with the necessary academic literacy skills so that they will be able to function effectively within the academic environment.

In order to assist students to achieve their full academic potential, students write a placement test (Test of Academic Literacy Levels - TALL) at the beginning of the year to assign students to the appropriate academic literacy module as determined by the outcome of the TALL. Academic literacy modules are offered in English and Afrikaans and are compulsory for full-time as well as distance-learning students of the NWU.

CAPLP has close ties with the NWU Writing Centre. This centre provides a free service to support students, irrespective of year, faculty or subject field, with the planning and structuring of academic writing assignments. Visit the Writing Lab for more information. 

As an additional service, CAPLP also presents short workshops for postgraduate groups. Each workshop is tailored to meet the needs and specifications of the particular group. Focus areas of these workshops include the writing of effective research proposals, literature studies, the academic argument and the establishment of one’s unique academic voice.