The Centre for Academic and Professional Language Practice is responsible for Academic Literacy modules, various short courses and workshops in languages and language-related issues, and the Writing Laboratory in Potchefstroom.

The aim of the Academic Literacy modules is to equip students with the necessary academic skill so that they will be able to complete their studies successfully. There are two modules, viz. Introduction to Academic Literacy (AGLE111) and Academic Literacy (AGLE121).

The short courses offered include Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL), Spoken English, English for Professional Purposes, Afrikaans for beginners, German for Beginners, Tswana for Beginners and Spanish for Beginners. We also present courses and workshops for teachers and subject advisers to promote and improve the teaching of languages.

The Writing Laboratory assists students in planning and structuring their written assignments. We have a number of consultants who assist students during consultations. This is a free service, and students are welcome to make an appointment with a consultant at the Centre. We also present workshops for postgraduate students to provide guidance in the writing of dissertations and theses.

Compulsory academic literacy testing

All students enrolled in their first year of study at the North-West University (NWU) must write a compulsory placement test in academic literacy. The student has the freedom of choice to write this test in either English or Afrikaans. The tests or instruments used at the NWU are the Test of Academic Literacy Levels (TALL) and the Toets van Akademiese Geletterdheidsvlakke (TAG).  Read more or see a sample test of Test of Academic Literacy Levels (TALL).