School of Languages

Prof Phil van Schalkwyk

Phil van Schalkwyk completed an MA in Afrikaans and Dutch Literature, Cum Laude, at the PU for CHE. In 2004 he obtained a PhD in General Theory of Literature at the North-West University.

Mainly active in the field of Comparative Literature, his research focuses on rhetorical constructions and relationality in Afrikaans, South African and Dutch prose and poetry, with emphasis on the writings of Eben Venter.

Philip van der Merwe

Philip van der Merwe (PhD) is a senior lecturer at the North-West University in South Africa. He teaches German literature and German as a foreign language. His research interests include film studies, literary and film theory, and contemporary literature. He is the co-editor of A Critical Companion to Terry Gilliam (2022) and has published on the fiction of E.L. Doctorow and Hans-Ulrich Treichel. He is a member of the editorial boards of the journals Literator and Acta Germanica.

Tobie van Dyk

Prof. Tobie van Dyk is an extensively published author of applied linguistic work, focusing on academic literacies theory and practice, academic reading and writing development, and in particular academic language ability testing. He is considered an authority in particularly the fields of academic literacies and language testing – all focus areas under the broad theme of language for specific purposes within applied linguistics.

Johannes Seema

Ngaka Johannes Seema ke Morupedi e moholo Lefapheng la Sekolo sa Dipuo Yunivesithing ya Leboya Bophirima, khemphaseng ya Vanderbijlpark. O na le Lengolo la Bongaka leo a le amohetseng ho tswa Yunivesithing ya Johannesburg. Ka Lengolo leo la hao, bopaki ke hore o itshetlehile dingolweng tsa Maafrika, haholo dingolweng tsa Basotho e leng dingolwa tsa Sesotho. Dingolweng tsena tsa Sesotho, o thahaselletse haholo semelong sa dingolwa jwalo ka ha dingolwa e le seipone sa setjhaba. Thahasello e ntse e le teng ho Diqatjwa tsa Basotho, e leng Neanotaba.

Philip van der Merwe

Philip van der Merwe is a senior lecturer in the School of Languages in the Subject Group: German at the North-West University (Potchefstroom Campus) in South Africa. He has published on the fiction of Hans-Ulrich Treichel and E.L. Doctorow. He teaches German literature as well as German as a foreign language.

Adri Breed

Adri Breed is a NRF-rated associate professor in Afrikaans descriptive linguistics at the North-West University's Potchefstroom Campus. She specializes in syntax and semantics, with a particular focus on the grammaticalisation of tense and aspect constructions in Afrikaans and Dutch. She completed five degrees at the NWU, namely a degree in Business Communication (B.Bk. – 2005), a degree in Theology with languages (B.Th. Languages – 2005), an Honours degree in Afrikaans Linguistics (B.A. Hons. – 2007), a Master's degree Afrikaans Literature (M.A.

Wannie Carstens

Prof Wannie Carstens has been Director of the School of Languages at the North-West University’s Potchefstroom Campus since 2001. He is currently also the chairperson of the Afrikaanse Taalraad, chairperson of the Suid Afrikaanse Akademie van Kuns en Kultuur, chairperson of the Nasionale Taalligaam vir Afrikaans and also serves on a variety of boards. He is, amongst others, also a member of the panel of translators for the new Afrikaans Bible translation.