Andreas Bheki Mthembu

Degrees Held

  • Senior Primary Teachers Diploma (SPTD,) Mpumalanga College of Education, 1986
  • National Diploma: Industrial Relations, Damelin School of Management, 1991
  • Certificate for Overseas Teachers of English- (COTE), University of Cambridge local exams Syndicate & the English Language Educational Trust, 1992
  • English at Secondary Level Certificate – (EASL), Canterbury Christ Church University College (UK), 1994
  • Master of Arts in English Language Education, Kent University (UK), 1996
  • Master of Commerce in Organisational and Management systems, University of Natal-Durban, 2001
  • National Diploma: Project Management, Varsity College, 2002
  • Doctor of Education (D.Ed.) University of Zululand, 2018


  • Taught English at high school level for 7 years.
  • Taught English and Communication at tertiary level for 5 years.
  • Have taught English Language Education for 6 years at university.


  • Scholarship to study the teaching of English as a second language at Canterbury Christ Church College (UK) in 1994.
  • Scholarship to do a Masters in English language Education in Canterbury Christ Church College / Kent University 1n 1995 – 1996.


  • 1987-2002 Have published poems in the “New Nation” Tribute magazine & “Fidelities,” a Poetry journal.
  • 2002- 2009– Have edited 4 published books by Rev. S. Hlophe “Hope for the hurting heart”, “The Power Within”, “Be Inspired: Book 1 & Book 2”
  • 2007 Co-authored a published national Grade 9 English Language book titled: English. grade 9@ Macmillan published by Macmillan Publishers
  • 2008 Written and self-published a poetry book entitled ‘I will not dance

 Research Interests

  • Teacher Education
  • Sociocultural Theory
  • Language Pedagog
  • Critical Literature Pedagogy

Teaching Interests

  • English Language Education
  • The teaching of English Literature: The African novel, Poetry and the short Story
  • Sociolinguistics


Community Involvement

  • 2011 – 2013: The KwaZulu Natal Winter Writing Project (KZNWP)modeled on the National Writing Project in the United States and funded by the US Embassy Language office
  • 2018: Ethiopian Agricultural TVET College Academic Literacy Project in partnership with McGill University, Canada
  • Member of the UKZN Edgewood Campus Community Engagement Committee, 2019 – 2022
  • Associated with the Edgewood Extra Tuition Programme (EETP) and the Community Development

Teaching Expertise

  • B.Ed. modules at all levels
  • B.Ed. (Honours): Language Learning and Teaching in multicultural Societies
  • Post Graduate Certificate in education (PGCE): English First Additional Language Teaching
  • School of Education Masters and PhD Cohorts
  • Research Methodology

Student Supervision