Audrey Mbeje

Official Title: 
Lecturer in Foreign Languages

Audrey Mbeje is from Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. She is the Director of the African Language Program at Penn. She also teaches courses in Zulu and another course called "African Language and Culture."


  • Ph.D., Applied Linguistics, Ball State University

Research Interests: 
Discourse analysis and second/foreign language pedagogy, foreign language curriculum design and assessment, online and text-based material development, anaphora, passivization, and tense/aspect in the Nguni languages of South Africa.
Selected Publications: 
  • Zulu Learners' Reference Grammar, National African Language Resource Center (NALRC) 2005
  • Discourse Analysis and Foreign Language Pedagogy: A Case of Zulu Demonstratives, Journal of African Language Teachers Association (JALTA) 2005
  • The Function of Demonstratives in Zulu and English:  A Contrastive Study with Pedagogical Implications.  Dissertation.  Michigan: UMI Publishing Company 2002
Courses Taught: 
  • AFST 150-680 Elementary Zulu I & II
  • AFST 250-680 Intermediate Zulu I & II
  • AFST 350-680 Advanced Zulu I & II
Other Affiliations: 
  • Vice President, African Language Teachers Association (ALTA)
  • Member, National Council of Less Commonly Taught Languages (NCOLCTL)
  • Member, Annual Conference in African Linguistics (ACAL)
  • Member, World Congress in African Linguistics (WOCAL)