Survival isiXhosa - Stellenbosch University Language Centre

Survival isiXhosa


What if there’s a fun and quick way to learn some isiXhosa to use on campus?

Master the basics with our interactive survival course tailored to your world and connect better in more languages. This course is practical and interactive, and we incorporate campus-related scenarios to encourage the use of authentic language. We will focus specifically on speaking, listening and reading isiXhosa. You will be able to use isiXhosa to take part in basic campus-related conversations, and as part of the larger University context, you will also gain an understanding of the cultural value of multilingualism.

2022 course dates

First semester: 15 February – 8 April
Second semester: 2 August – 23 September

Downloadable documents

2022 Info sheet


Our presenters are experts at teaching isiXhosa to non-native speakers and have a practical and interactive approach to learning. Bruce Blaine is a teacher at a school in Franschhoek, where he teaches isiXhosa as a First and Second Additional language to learners between grades 6 and 12. He is enthusiastic and passionate about teaching non-native speakers isiXhosa, as this can bridge a gap that exists in our society. Bruce grew up speaking both English and isiXhosa, and so has the subject knowledge, cultural understanding and expertise to ensure that you have an enlightening experience. He believes that, for us to have a true understanding of one another, we need to know each other’s languages. As part of the course, additional isiXhosa-speaking language experts step in as needed for participants to practice conversation and gain more cultural knowledge. 


All sessions will be offered in Stellenbosch at the University campus. Face-to-face sessions are subject to relevant Covid-19 regulations.

Any questions?

E-mail Helga Sykstus or phone 021 808 4004.

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