A former student of mine, Professor Tobie van Dyk, current Director of the School of Languages at North-West University, spearheaded an initiative by the executive committee of the South African Association for Language Teaching (SAALT) to dedicate a special issue of their journal to me. For this honour I am deeply grateful.
The celebratory publication contains contributions and tributes from some of my former students on academic literacy. I am extremely proud of all of them.
My heartfelt thanks to the contributors: former students, colleagues and associates from South Africa, Edinburgh, Antwerp, Nijmegen, Ann Arbor and Groningen.
“I first met Albert Weideman in 1996… I have learned much from Albert over the years as I have watched him in his many accomplished roles. A self-described ‘philosopher,’ Albert Weideman is that. However, he also operates skillfully out of the ivory tower and in the world; he is, in short, a rare combination of an academic and an entrepreneur.” — Diane Larsen Freeman
“The philosophical paradigm of Weideman enables an appreciation of the uniqueness of aspects and the coherence between them.”— Danie Strauss
“… die onselfsugtige skep van geleenthede vir verdienstelike mense, die bemiddel van beurse vir jongmense, die afstaan van besluitneming met delegeer, die vestig van selfvertroue met bemagtiging ….”— Christo van Rensburg.
Journal for Language Teaching
Volume 46, Issue 2, 2012
Table of Contents*
* Courtesy Sabinet Online
|Foreword / Voorwoord
4-5 | Van Dyk, Tobie / Butler, Gustav
|Using literacy narratives to scaffold academic literacy in the Bachelor of Education : a pedagogical framework
9-25 | Carstens, Adelia
|Successful first-year learning : a social cognitive view of academic literacy
27-41 | McGhie, Venicia / Van der Walt, Christa / Van Schalkwyk, Susan
|Dalende akademiese geletterdheidsvlakke : feit of fiksie?
43-56 | Van Dyk, Tobie / Van der Slik, Frans
|Academic acculturation : the case of writing in an EFL teaching and learning environment
58-72 | Van de Poel, Kris / Gasiorek, Jessica
|Butterfly effects in reading? The relationship between decoding and comprehension in Grade 6 high poverty schools
74-95 | Pretorius, Elizabeth J.
|Multichronic complexity in second language development
97-106 | De Bot, Kees / Verspoor, Marjolijn
|Challenging Messick : proposing a theoretical framework for understanding fundamental concepts in language testing
108-121 | Rambiritch, Avasha
|Facing up to literacy : perceptions and performance in a test of academic literacy for postgraduate students
123-139 | Du Plessis, Colleen
|The meaning and uses of language test scores : an argument-based approach to validation
141-155 | Van der Walt, Johann L.
|Reflections on a research initiative aimed at enhancing the role of African languages in education in South Africa
157-170 | Wildsmith-Cromarty, Rosemary
|The paradigm of Weideman : appreciating the uniqueness of language and scholarly disciplines
172-189 | Strauss, Danie
|Who owns English? Questioning the native speaker
191-201 | Davies, Alan
|In tribute to Albert Weideman, a man of many accomplishments : testimonials
203-204 | Larsen-Freeman, Diane
|Tribute to Albert Weideman : testimonials
205 | Hart, Hendrik
|Oor Albert Weideman en mense : testimonials
206-207 | Van Rensburg, Christo