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Tholani Hlongwa
Position Lecturer
Discipline IsiZulu
Phone 031 260 3692
Email Hlongwat@ukzn.ac.za
Campus Edgewood Campus
Office Address F511

Degrees Held

  • 2014- PhD in Language Education, University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.
  • 2008 Masters in Linguistics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Illinois, USA.
  • 2002 Graduate Teacher Certificate, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Illinois, USA.
  • 2000 Bachelor of Arts-Honours in isiZulu and Linguistics, University of Natal, Durban, South Africa.
  • 1999 Bachelor of Arts in isiZulu and Linguistics, University of Natal, Durban, South Africa.Bachelor of Arts (IsiZulu and Linguistics)

Profile

Experience:

  • 2014- Lecturer (Dev.) Language and Arts, School of Education, Edgewood Campus, University of KwaZulu-Natal.
  • 2013-2014 Lecturer (Contract), Languages and Arts, School of Education, Edgewood Campus, University of KwaZulu-Natal.
  • 2012 Zulu Language Instructor, Department of Linguistics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA.
  • 2007-2008 Zulu Instructor, Summer Cooperative African Language Institute (SCALI), University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
  • 2001- 2010 Zulu Instructor, Department of Linguistics/ Center for African Studies University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • 1999-2000 Graduate Assistant, IsiZulu Program (First and Second Language). University of Natal, South Africa.

Awards:

  • 2012 Illinois Leadership Center, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, USA.
    • Intersect Certificate (2012): Personal Communication Style and Teamwork Skills
    • Ignite Certificate (2012): Leading Positive Change in Organizations and Communities
    • through Systems Thinking.
    • Imprint Certificate (2012): Developing Meaningful Relationships to Successfully Manage Transitions.
    • Integrity Certificate (2012): Work Ethics
  • 2011 Mom’s Association Humanitarian Service Award, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, USA.
  • 2011 Ibulaimu Kakoma Award, African Student Organization, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA.
  • 2011 International Honorary for Leaders in the University Apartment Communities, (IHLUAC) Nomination, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Housing, USA.
  • 2004 “Who’s Who in America”, USA.
  • 2003 National African Language Resource Center Summer Institute Certificate: “African Language Program Development and Evaluation, University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA.
  • 2001-2010 Outstanding Teaching Assistant. Incomplete List of Faculty and Teachers Ranked as Excellent by their Students. Department of Linguistics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Illinois, USA.
  • 2000 Merit Certificate, Leadership, University of Natal Housing, Durban, South Africa.
  • 1998/1999 Merit Certificates, (Zulu 2MA, Zulu 2MB & Zulu 3MB), University of Natal –Durban, South Africa.
  • 1998 Computer Literacy Certificate, University of Natal-Durban, South Africa.

Research Interests:

  • Second Language Acquisition
  • Sociolinguistics: Language Planning and Policy, Language and Politics, and Bilingual/Multicultural Education
  • African Linguistics (Syntax, Phonology, and Morphology)

Teaching Interests:

  • IsiZulu Mother Tongue Education
  • IsiZulu Second Language Education

Community Involvement/Outreach:

  • 2014- The Siyakhuluma Community Project Intructor, Durban, South Africa.
  • 2012 “Taste of Africa Day” Organizer with the University of Illinois Housing, USA.
  • Safety Program Organizer with the University of Illinois Police Department, USA.
  • 2010-2012 Community Aide: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Housing, USA.
  • International Students/Parents and US School System Workshops Organizer, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Housing, USA.
  • 2010 Center for African Studies Representative: American Social Studies Teachers Summer Program (Film), University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA.
  • 2010-2011 South African Coffee Hour Organizer and Coordinator, Cosmopolitan Club House, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA.
  • 2009-2011 International Food Festival (South African Representative), Cosmopolitan Club House, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA.
  • 2009 Center for African Studies Representative: Campus Girls Middle School, 7th Grade History Class, USA.
  • Center for Asian-American Studies Representative: American Social Studies Teachers Summer Program (South African Music), University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA.
  • Annual Conference on African Linguistics Help Desk Volunteer, Leader and Organizer of the Zulu Class Performance at the Banquet (April, 2009), University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA.
  • 2007 Center for African Studies Representative: South Side Elementary School, 2nd Grade History Class, USA.
  • Center for African Studies Representative: Champaign Girls Scout, USA.
  • 2006-2012 Zulu Instructor for Illinois State Annual Global Festival, Language Immersion Rooms. State of Illinois High Schools, USA.
  • 2004 Center for African Studies Representative: African Economics Class, Department of Finance at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA.
  • 2003/2008 Zulu Language Advisor: Syringa Tree Play, University of Chicago (2003) and University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2008), Drama Department, USA.
  • 2003-2006 Lingala (African Language) Tutor, Division of Intercollegiate Athletics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA.
  • 2003 Zulu Language Music Advisor: Boys’ Choir, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA.
  • 2001-2012 Office of International Student Affairs Volunteer, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA.

Publications/Selected Publications (2013 – 2015):

Journal Articles:

  • Tholani Hlongwa, Nokukhanya Ngcobo, Bonakele and Sibusiso Ntuli (2014). IsiZulu as Conduit for Accessing Education: Students becoming Partners in Knowledge Discovery. Alternation: Interdisciplinary Journal for the Study of the Arts and Humanities in Southern Africa. No 13, 155-172.
  • Thabisile Buthelezi, Bonakele Mhlongo and Tholani Hlongwa (2014). IsiZulu Metaphor as a Vehicle for Terminology Extension in isiZulu Academic Language: Lessons learnt in Postgraduate Language and Media Education Modules at a South African University. Alternation: Interdisciplinary Journal for the Study of the Arts and Humanities in Southern Africa. No 13, 191-208.

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