Albert Weideman 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 and the Netherlands. The language courses he has designed have been used at beginner, intermediate and advanced level, as well as for introducing teachers to innovations in language teaching. He is 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. The quality of ICELDA’s tests derives to a large extent from his creative designs.
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. For a further discussion, read An interview with Albert Weideman, Part 1 & Part 2, by Steve Bishop.
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.
The four tabs on this site will take you to selected outputs in the context of:
- Foundations of linguistics and applied linguistics
- Course design
- Test design
- Academic literacy
More publications can be found on ResearcherID, Google Scholar, and ‘All of life redeemed’.
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 and Senior Research Fellow of Applied Language Studies, University of the Free State|
|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|