| What we do

It is well-documented that a lack of proficiency in the languages of teaching and learning has a detrimental effect on study success in higher education. A consequence of this is that students do not complete their studies in the minimum prescribed time. Several explanations are offered in the literature for what the reasons for this might be, one of which is the low preparedness levels of first time entering students in terms of their academic language abilities.

It is therefore imperative to develop tools and resources (such as tests, course materials and online support mechanisms) that could inform pedagogical endeavours to help students and learners better integrate and acculturate into the academic environment.

ICELDA attempts to bridge this gap by offering support in developing products and services concerning language testing, reading and writing, logical reasoning, basic numeracy skills, computer and information literacy skills, building corpora, and refining and validating tests and materials; assisting language educators on how their learners are changing and the ways technology can be used to aid their teaching and learning strategies in terms of multimodal language learning, autonomous learning, blended learning and online modes of delivery, as well as new ways of designing and developing language learning tasks in the digital age;;

  • developing products and services concerning language testing, reading and writing, logical reasoning, basic numeracy skills, computer and information literacy skills, building corpora, and refining and validating tests and materials;
  • assisting language educators on how their learners are changing and the ways technology can be used to aid their teaching and learning strategies in terms of multimodal language learning, autonomous learning, blended learning and online modes of delivery, as well as new ways of designing and developing language learning tasks in the digital age;
  • stimulating postgraduate studies in language- and literacy-related fields;
  • promoting academic publications specifically concerned with test development and syllabus and course design;
  • advancing multilingualism through our products, materials and courses, thereby empowering teachers, learners, lecturers and students with new skills and knowledge; and
  • collaborating and investing in projects that will lead to further research and development of useful products.