Bongi Bangeni

bongiBongi Bangeni is a senior lecturer in the Language Development unit on the Academic Development Programme at the University of Cape Town. She has taught in several courses at the first year level and is also involved in teaching and tutor training at the postgraduate level.  Her main research interests include the formation of a disciplinary identity, multilingual interventions in various learning contexts and the transition from undergraduate to postgraduate studies. Her PhD study explored the ways in which a group of Black English additional language students who graduated with Social Science degrees in the Humanities faculty negotiated the transition into the professional disciplines of Law and Marketing at a postgraduate level. The study interrogated the implications of this transition for the students’ writing practices and emerging disciplinary identities. More specifically, the study illustrated how they negotiated the literacy practices associated with the genres which served to prepare them for professional practice. Bongi has taken part in a number of research projects within UCT and has published her work in local and international journals such as English for Specific Purposes (ESP), Teaching in Higher Education as well as the Southern African Linguistics and Applied Language Studies journal.

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