School of Education

Bonakele Mhlongo

Bonakele Mhlongo




isiZulu Education


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Office Address

CF119 Wing 5 Main Tutorial Building

Degrees Held

  • BA, B Ed, MA, PhD African Languages



  • Teacher education, Student academic development, English and isiZulu education


  • Member – Panel of Judges National Teacher Awards 2013


  • Best Transformed Curricular 2012, SANTED 2012,

Research Interests:

  • Media and Education, Onomastics, Language Policy and pedagogy.

Teaching Interests:

  • Language pedagogy, Literature and Visual literacy.


  • Currently supervising Honours and Masters students.

Community Involvement/Outreach:

  • Working with the University Language Planning and Development office on the UKZN terminology initiative.

Publications/Selected Publications


  • IsiZulu as conduit for accessing education: students becoming partners in knowledge discovery. (Co-publication with colleagues in the discipline; Alternation, 13: 273- 291 (2014)
  • IsiZulu metaphor as a vehicle for terminology extension. (co- publication with colleagues in the discipline; Alternation, 13: 191-208 (2014)
  • Co-wrote a Chapter titled “ Dealing with Linguistic Diversity in the classroom” in a handbook designed for teaching language diversity in Foundation phase classrooms. European Union Project: 2014.

Complete Research Record:

  • Read and presented a paper at the L2 teachers’ forum – Cordtek conference at Natal College of Education (1996) titled “Applying OBE principles in the teaching of reading in a second language classroom.”
  • Read and co-presented a paper at the Academic Development conference- University of the North (2001) titled “Articulating acceptable knowledge: The clash between academic and home literacies.
  • The effects of early literacy on Academic achievement. A paper presented at the 5th Pan –African Reading for All Conference in Ghana (2007)
  • “Do you all understand?” “Yes Ma’am”. A South African primary school addresses Language and Communication Barriers. The International Journal -Language, Society & Culture, 31: 98-104 (2010)
  • Ukwethiwa kwamagama ezimoto ezingamatekisi ezihambela idolobha lasePhayindane nezindawo ezilakhele.”  A chapter submitted for a book on “Ubuciko bokwethiwa kwamagama” (In Print).
  • Ukusetshenziswa kwenjulalwazi yokwethiwa kwamagama njengesu lokufundisa imibhalo emabangeni aphezulu. A paper presented at the African Languages Colloquim in Durban (2015).
  • Names of minibus taxis in Durban’s Inner West district. A journal article submitted for Nomina Africana (2016).