Albert Weideman biosketchAlbert Weideman holds the positions of Professor of Applied Language Studies and Senior Research Fellow at the University of the Free State. He is the MD and founder  of Language Courses and Tests (Pty) Ltd (LCaT).

Albert is an expert language tester. The tests he has designed or helped to develop have been used in tertiary institutions in South Africa, Vietnam, Namibia, Singapore, the Netherlands and Australia. The quality of academic literacy tests in South Africa derives to a large extent from his creative designs. The language courses he has developed have been used at beginner, intermediate and advanced level, as well as for introducing teachers to innovations in language teaching. Albert was one of the initiators of the Network of Expertise in Language Assessment (NExLA). He is also the founder and former CEO of the Inter-institutional Centre for Language Development and Assessment (ICELDA), a formal partnership of four multi-lingual South African universities.

His current research focus is on assessing academic literacy, and on how this relates to developing a theory of applied linguistics, or what he calls a foundational framework for working responsibly within that discipline.

In the prologue to his latest book, Responsible design in applied linguistics: theory and practice, Albert declares his ‘positionality’ as an author — the beliefs that underlie his particular point of departure in designing of applied linguistic interventions.  Autoethnography, as this is called, belongs squarely within postmodernism, holding that neutrality in science is neither possible nor desirable.


Albert is a rated researcher with the National Research Foundation. He has published more than fifty articles in national as well as in international journals, and is the author and editor of several books. In 2019 the South African Association for Language Teaching bestowed a lifetime award upon him “in recognition of his contribution to research and practice in applied linguistics, test design, and curriculum development in academic literacy”.

The four tabs on this site will take you to selected outputs in the context of:

  1. Foundations of linguistics and applied linguistics
  2. Course design
  3. Test design
  4. Academic literacy

Select publications can also be found on other scholarly platforms such as Publons, Google Scholar, ‘All of life redeemed’ and Just click the images.



University of Essex, UK. 1983 — M.A. in Linguistics and Applied Linguistics (cum laude).
University of the Free State.  1987 — D. Litt.  (Thesis: Applied linguistics as a discipline of design: a foundational study). 


 2014–current Professor of Applied Language Studies and Senior Research Fellow, Faculty of the Humanities, University of the Free State
 2016–current Founder and MD of Language Courses and Tests (Pty) Ltd (LCaT)
 2009–2015 CEO: Inter-Institutional Centre for Language Development and Assessment (ICELDA)
 2009–2012 Professor and Head: Department of English, University of the Free State
 2002–2009 Professor and Director: Unit for Academic Literacy, University of Pretoria
 1998–2001 Director: Professional Programmes,  Faculty of Education,  University of the Western Cape
 1995–1996 Director: Centre for Education Development,  Stellenbosch University
 1988–1995 Education Manager, Urban Foundation
Director: Language Methods and Programmes (L-MAP)
 1983–1988 Senior Lecturer: University of the Free State
 1975–1983 Lecturer: University of the Free State
 1970–1974 Senior Secondary Teacher, Jim Fouché Secondary School