Language policy & planning

How can we help you?


ICELDA has the capacity to bring together expertise to evaluate language programmes and projects.

The most prominent of these, are the two reports commissioned by the Council for Quality Assurance in General and Further Education and Training (Umalusi) between 2012 and 2014. Here ICELDA brought together a team to investigate the lack of equivalence among examinations in the Grade 12 exit assessments for home language. 


Weideman, Albert, Du Plessis, Colleen, Steyn, Sanet. 2017. Diversity, variation and fairness: Equivalence in national level language assessments. Literator, 38(1): a1319. DOI:


Through its work in managing a SAdiLAR node, ICELDA has been involved in carrying out various language audits in universities nationally.

The South African Centre for Digital Language Resources (SADiLaR) is a national centre supported by the Department of Science and Innovation (DSI) as part of the new South African Research Infrastructure Roadmap (SARIR).

Please visit the ICELDA node at:


Enquiries: Prof. Tobie van Dyk at


ICELDA has expertise which can advise institutions like universities to develop language policies in collaboration with all involved in order to ensure transparency, buy-in, and wider acceptance.

For language policies to work, they must be in line with an institution’s planning, its courses, and its tests. Our audits may point to solutions in this regard.

Your institutional policy need not end up in court battles.

Enquiries: Prof. Albert Weideman at

Would you like to start a project with us?

Please do not hesitate to contact any of the academics on the EXCO. You are also welcome to call Prof. Albert Weideman directly.