Job Details

  • Reference number: OPV01/123/0523
  • Province: Western Cape
  • Type of engagement: Permanent appointment
  • Posted: June 10th

Background to Position

Stellenbosch University

Faculty of Education

Department of Curriculum Studies

Lecturer (Intermediate Phase): isiXhosa Language Education and Literacy

Ref. OPV01/123/0523

Job Description


  • Teaching intermediate phase isiXhosa language education and literacy from first to fourth year level in the Bachelor of Education (BEd) undergraduate programmes;
  • Teaching and learning of isiXhosa as home language, First or Second Additional Languages, to preservice teachers, both in the undergraduate and postgraduate programmes;
  • Designing and reviewing or revising curricula or module guides for teacher training in isiXhosa education / curriculum studies, which includes isiXhosa for communicative purposes, in preparation for service in South African schools and even beyond where possible;
  • Mentoring postgraduate students in the Bachelor of Education (BEd) Honours programme specialising in intermediate phase language education with their respective academic research projects;
  • Promoting or co-promoting students in their master’s and / or doctoral research;
  • Teaching or co-teaching at least one isiXhosa-related semester module in the BEd Honours programme;
  • Actively participating in departmental activities relevant to this post level, such as being a committee member of relevant programmes, module coordination, taking up of administrative responsibilities relevant to the module, presentations during departmental key functions such as orientation sessions, open day, etc.

Inherent Criteria


  • Master’s degree in language education;
  • A minimum qualification in intermediate phase majoring in isiXhosa education;
  • Experience in curriculum design at undergraduate level, specifically for isiXhosa, and at postgraduate level, for isiXhosa education;
  • Relevant experience in school and higher education training;
  • Experience of supervision in programmes of teaching and learning of isiXhosa or African languages at postgraduate level, including experience in successful supervision at honours level;
  • Good administrative, interpersonal, and communication skills, and being prepared to be involved in departmental activities;
  • An advanced level of isiXhosa education, including language structures and conventions of isiXhosa.


  • A PhD or doctoral degree in language education will be an added advantage;
  • Demonstrated experience of teaching and learning and research in isiXhosa education;
  • Demonstrated experience in curriculum design and development in isiXhosa education and isiXhosa for communicative purposes; 
  • Demonstrated understanding of practical learning for preservice teachers.

Application Requirement

Commencement of duties:

01 January 2025

Closing date:  

14 June 2024

Enquiries regarding this post: Prof van der Merwe on 021 808 2300, or at

Enquiries regarding remuneration/benefits, as well as technical assistance with the electronic application process: Human Resources Client Services Centre on 021 808 2753, or at

Stellenbosch University is committed to employment equity (EE), and appointments will be made in line with the EE plan for the specific environment as well as the institutional EE Plan of the University.

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Your application, comprising a comprehensive curriculum vitae (including the names and email addresses of at least three referees), must reach the University before or on the closing date of the advertised post. 

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Should no feedback be received from the University within four to six weeks of the closing date, kindly accept that your application did not succeed.

About Stellenbosch University

Stellenbosch University (SU) is home to an academic community of 29 000 students (including 4 000 foreign students from 100 countries) as well as 3 000 permanent staff members (including 1 000 academics) on five campuses. ​The historical oak-lined university town amongst the Boland Mountains in the winelands of the Western Cape creates a unique campus atmosphere, which attracts local and foreign students alike. On the main campus, paved walkways wind between campus buildings – some dating from previous centuries; others just a few years old. Architecture from various eras attests to the sound academic foundation and establishment of an institution of excellence. This, together with the scenic beauty of the area; state-of-the-art, environmentally friendly facilities and technology, as well as visionary thinking about the creation of a sustainable 21st-century institution, makes for the unique character of Stellenbosch University.