Summer School 2021

IsiXhosa communication skills for beginners


Nolubabalo Tyam, language practitioner and lecturer, Centre for Higher Education Development, UCT

The course is designed to enable participants to engage with people who speak isiXhosa and to learn how to approach them so that they can communicate successfully. It will allow participants to develop basic isiXhosa vocabulary and grammatical structures and to construct basic conversation such as greetings, introducing yourself, asking for and giving information, making requests and describing your work or study situations. Specific areas of focus will be listening, speaking, reading and writing. Participants will have the opportunity to practice speaking isiXhosa daily in structured conversations with their peers. Participants will also be required to present information to the class using their acquired isiXhosa skills. The course entails a balance between communicative and intercultural competence. It will introduce participants to aspects such as intercultural knowledge and understanding of African philosophy and Ubuntu. 

Please note that this course runs for six weeks.

The course fee includes all course materials.

This course will be offered on the Microsoft Teams platform. Participants will be sent a link. A study manual will be provided via PDF.


Date: Monday 11 January –Friday 19 February
Time:  5.30 pm–6.15 pm
COURSE FEES: Full R2 719 Staff & Students R1 813 
MAXIMUM: 20 participants