Avasha Rambiritch biosketch
Avasha Rambiritch is a lecturer in the Unit for Academic Literacy at the University of Pretoria, having joined the Unit in 2007. She has previously lectured at the Mangosuthu Technikon in the Department of Communication. She also has extensive teaching experience, having spent 12 years in the teaching profession. Her main focus is on the teaching of academic Literacy and academic writing. She is also responsible for the administration of the Test of Academic Literacy for Postgraduate Students (TALPS) at the University of Pretoria. Avasha Rambiritch was awarded the doctorate for a thesis on Accessibility, transparency and accountability as regulative conditions for a postgraduate test of academic literacy, a study of how ICELDA’s postgraduate tests, TALPS, fares when measured according to these principles. The study has been described by her examiners as a groundbreaking study of language testing in South Africa. The investigation uncovers some highly topical social and political dimensions of testing academic literacy. One external examiner remarked that the thesis constitutes “a carefully structured and tightly knit study”, another that it provides a “rigorous survey of the essential concepts to build up a highly plausible argument for the importance of social dimensions in test design.” Her supervisor was Albert Weideman, ICELDA’s CEO.
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