Audrey Mbeje

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Director of African Languages ProgramLecturer in Zulu

Audrey Mbeje is from Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. She is the Director of the African Language Program at Penn Language Center. She also teaches Zulu language courses and a course titled African Language and Culture.

Office Hours
By appointment

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.

Courses Taught
  • ZULU 0100 Elementary Zulu I
  • ZULU 0200 Elementary Zulu II
  • ZULU 0300 Intermediate Zulu I
  • ZULU 0400 Intermediate Zulu II
  • ZULU 0800 Elementary Zulu I in Residence
  • ZULU 0120 Accelerated Elementary Zulu
  • LING 3040 Structure of a Language - Zulu
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
  • 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)