Department of Language Education, Arts and Culture

Prof AJ Hugo

College of Education
School of Teacher Education
Department: Language Education, Arts and Culture
Lecturer
Tel: 012 429 4117
E-mail: hugoaj@unisa.ac.za

Qualifications

  • BA (UOFS)
  • BA Hons (UOFS)
  • HED (UNISA)
  • Specialisation Diploma in Clinical Remedial Teaching (University of Stellenbosch)
  • BEd (University of Pretoria)
  • MEd (UNISA) Topic: Continued reading training in the secondary school with
     reference to certain subjects
  • DEd (UNISA) Topic: Enhancing the study reading skills of distance education
     students - strategies for designing course material
  • TEFLA certificate – John Povey Centre, UNISA

Currently teaching

  • PCF4076 (Reading, writing and spelling in a first and in second language teaching)
  • PCF410X (Teaching practice for Foundation Phase) (Coordinator for this module)
  • Prof Hugo also is a post graduate student supervisor

Fields of academic interests

Research interest:

  • English as a second language,
  • Reading and language teaching in the Foundation Phase

Field of Specialisation

  • First and second language teaching
  • Reading

Books

Chapters in books and proceedings:

  • Manyike, TV & Hugo, AJ.  Language in Education in Education in the 21st century: From vulnerability to sustainability edited by M Magano.  Pearson: Cape Town.
  • Hugo, AJ.  & Lenyai, E. (editors) 2013. Teaching English as a First Additional Language in the Foundation Phase. Cape Town: Juta.
  • Hugo, AJ.  Theories and methods of teaching English as a First Additional language in AJ Hugo & EM Lenyai (editors) 2013. Teaching English as a First Additional Language in the Foundation Phase. Cape Town: Juta.
  • Hugo, AJ.  Teaching listening as a First Additional Language in AJ Hugo & EM Lenyai (editors) 2013. Teaching English as a First Additional Language in the Foundation Phase. Cape Town: Juta.
  • Thornhill, C & Hugo, AJ. Teaching writing, spelling and language structures in AJ Hugo  & EM Lenyai (editors) 2013. Teaching English as a First Additional Language in the Foundation Phase. Cape Town: Juta.
  • Thornhill, C & Hugo, AJ. Strategies for teaching writing, spelling and language structures in English in AJ Hugo & EM Lenyai (editors) 2013. Teaching English as a First Additional Language in the Foundation Phase. Cape Town: Juta.
  • Engelbrecht, A & Hugo, AJ. 2013. Strategies to support language acquisition in the Multi-level classroom in Dealing with Diversity through multi-level teaching - For foundation, intermediate and senior phase edited by A Engelbrecht & M Nel.  Juta: Cape Town. ISBN: 9780702189067
    Manyike, TV & Hugo, AJ. Language in Education in Education in the 21st century: From vulnerability to sustainability edited by M Magano.  Pearson 
  • Nel, N, Nel, M & Hugo, AJ. (editors) 2012. Learner support in a diverse classroom.  Pretoria: Van Schaik.
  • Nel, N, Nel, M & Hugo, AJ. Inclusive education: the necessity of providing support to all learners  in Learner support in a diverse classroom edited by N. Nel, M. Nel & A Hugo 2012.  Pretoria: Van Schaik.
  • Hugo, AJ. 2012. Perceptual skills in Learner support in a diverse classroom edited by NM Nel, M Nel & AJ Hugo.  Pretoria : Van Schaik.
  • Hugo, AJ.  2006.  Overcoming barriers to learning through mediation in The educator as mediator of learning edited by Nieman, MM & Monyai, RB. Pretoria: Van Schaik. 

Journal articles

Journal articles since 2000:

  • Hugo, AJ. 2014.  Acquiring reading skills in English as second language: listening to the voice of Grade 1 teachers in South Africa.  Journal of Social Sciences
  • Mahlo, FD & Hugo, AJ. 2014. Learner support teachers’ views on the implementation of inclusive education in the foundation phase.  Journal of Social Sciences
  • Lasaosa Albertin, A & Hugo, AJ. 2014.  La infancia en Sudáfrica.  Infancia y sociedad. 6:39-41. (Publisher: Associació de Mestres Rosa Sensat. Barcelona. ISSN: 1130-6084)
  • Hugo, AJ & Horn, CA. 2013. Using music activities to enhance the listening skills and the language skills of Grade 1 English Second Language learners. Per Linguam 29(1):63-74.
  • Haihambo, CK & Hugo, AJ. 2012. The response of higher education institutions in Namibia to the needs of students with disabilities. Africa Education Review.
  • Hugo, AJ. 2011.  Attending to the classroom practice of a group of Grade 1 teachers to address reading problems.  Mousaion 29(3).
  • Hugo, AJ.  2011.  Exploring ICT possibilities to create a community of reading teachers.  Progressio 33(1).
  • Nel, N, Müller, H, Hugo, A, Helldin, R, Bäckmann, Ö, Skarland, A and Dwyer, H. 2011. A comparative perspective on teacher attitude constructs that impact on Inclusion Education in South Africa and Sweden.  South African Journal of Education 31 (1).
  • Hugo, AJ. 2010. Foundation Phase teachers: The “battle” to teach reading.  South African Journal for Language Teaching. 44 (2).
  • Hugo, AJ & Nieman, MM. 2010.  Using English as a second language as the language of instruction: concerns and needs of primary school teachers in South Africa.  South African Journal for LanguageTeaching  44(1). 
  • Helldin, R, Bäckman, Ö, Dwyer, H, Skarlind, A, Nel, N, Hugo, AJ & Müller, H.   2010.  Opportunities for a democratic pedagogy: A comparative study of South African and Swedish teachers’ attitudes to inclusive education.  Journal for Research in Special Education Needs.  Vol 10.
    Walton, E, Nel, N, Hugo, A & Müller, H. 2009.  The extent and practice of inclusion in independent schools in South Africa.  South African Journal of Education.  29(1).
  • Hugo, AJ.  2008. Primary school teachers’ opinions of their ESL learners’ language abilities . Journal for Language Teaching 42(2):63-76.
    Le Roux, SG, Hugo, AJ, Muller, H & Nel, NM.  2007.  Fonologiese bewustheid by Graad 0-leerders as voorspeller van latere leessukses.  Tydskrif vir Geesteswetenskappe.  47(3): 373-385.
  • Williams, J, Nel, NM & Hugo, AJ . 2006.  Inclusive education practices in South Africa and the USA: a snapshot. Journal of International Special Needs Education. 9:19-26.
  • Hugo, AJ, Le Roux, SG, Muller, H & Nel, NM. 2005.  Phonological awareness and the minimising of reading problems: a South African perspective.  South African Journal for LanguageTeaching.  39(2): 210-225.
  • Nieman, MM & Hugo, AJ.  2004. Vrouekarakters in Bekroonde Afrikaanse Jeugboeke - ‘n Opdatering. Tydskrif vir Geesteswetenskappe.  44(1):1-14.
  • Hugo, AJ. 2003. From literacy to literacies: preparing Higher Education in South Africa for the future. South African Journal of Higher Education 17(2).
  • Hugo, AJ. 2001. Lees en studeer op tersiêre vlak: die affektiewe komponent van lees verdien ook aandag.  South African Journal for Language Teaching.   35(2&3):138-145.
  • Hugo, AJ. 2001. Boelies in die kleuterskool - moet hulle nie miskyk nie.  Kleuterklanke. 26(2):7-19. 
  • Hugo, AJ. 2000. Special Needs in Education in South Africa as advocated by the NCSET/NCESS Report: The Influence of Social Problems and Challenges for Teachers. Journal of the International Society for Teacher Education.  4(1):45-52.
  • Hugo, AJ. 2000. Reading, study reading and motivation: cursory notes.  Educare.  29(1&2):142-148.
  • Hugo, AJ. 2000. “Besondere Erziehungsbedürfnisse” in Südafrika.  Der Einfluss sozialer Probleme - Herausforderungen an die Lehrer.   Padagogisches Handeln. 4(2):97-104. (non accredited journal)

Paper presentations

Academic Papers Read since 2000:

  • 2013, 23-24 February. Timely publication of research findings counters language policy changes: illustrative examples.  CamTESOL Conference: Language Empowerment.  Phnom Penh, Cambodia.   
  • 2012, 10-12 October.  Grade 1 English second language speakers and the difficulty it poses to acquire reading skills: What teachers have to say. Early Childhood Development & Education – an international conference.  Unisa, Pretoria.
  • 2012, 20-25 May.  The plight of ESL learners to acquire literacy in Grades 1 with reference to parent involvement. 32nd Annual Seminar of the International Society for Teacher Education.  Paro College of Education, Paro, Bhutan. 
  • 2011, 15-21 May. Using a mixed method research approach in an attempt to understand the reasons why Grade 1 learners in South African primary schools have a reading problem.  31st Annual Seminar of the International Society for Teacher Education.  Agder University, Kristiansand, Norway. 
  • 2011, July.  Using a mixed method approach to get an understanding of the teaching of reading in Grade 1 classes.  Research conference of the School of Education. Pretoria   
  • 2011, 23-25 November.  Sending non-English speaking children to Grade 1 classes where English is the language of learning and teaching: parents should make informed decisions.  Child in the 21st Century: What prospects? ECAN Conference, University of Lagos, Nigeria.
  • 2010, 11-17 April.  Some reasons for poor reading performance in primary schools in South Africa. 30th Annual Seminar of the International Society for Teacher Education.  Porto Alegre, Brazil
  • 2010, 20-21 July.  A snapshot of two researchers’ observations on the teaching of literacy and reading in the Foundation Phase schools of deprived areas (presented with Dr EM Lenyai). Research Conference of the School of Education, Pretoria.
  • 2009, 2-5 June. Inclusive education as part of new directions in the education system of the post apartheid South Africa.  Humanities conference, Beijing, China.
  • 2007, 24-30 June.  Using English as a second language in the classroom: concerns of primary school teachers in South Africa.  27th Annual Seminar of the International Society for Teacher Education. Stirling, Scotland.
  • 2007, Was invited to Sweden as part of a research project with the Stockholm Institute for Education.  In co-operation with Dr NM Nel four papers to subject specialists were presented 19 – 28 September 2007.
  • 2006, 22-28 April.  When the language of learning and teaching causes a barrier to learning. 26th Annual seminar of the International Society for Teacher Education, Stellenbosch. South Africa.
  • 2005, 9-16 April.  Inclusive education in South Africa - in-service and pre-service teacher training   25th Annual seminar of the International Society for Teacher Education, University of Taipei, Taiwan.
  • 2004, 11-14 June.  From inclusive education to curriculum development in South Africa.  China/US Conference on Special Needs.  University of Beijing, Beijing PRC.
  • 2003, 02-05 July. China and the teaching of English: a powerpoint presentation on lessons taught and lessons for ESL teaching in South Africa. 21st World Congress of the World Federation of Modern Language Associations, Rand Afrikaans University, Johannesburg.
  • 2001, 01-05 October.  Environmental Education and HIV-AIDS: Do we care? 19th International EEASA Conference, Maseru, Lesotho. 
  • 2001, 10-16 February.  Distance education teacher training and special needs in education with reference to HIV/AIDS and the training of teachers to handle the epidemic in South Africa.  University of Kuwait, Kuwait.

Professional positions, fellowships & awards

Professional positions:

  • Assistant editor of the Journal of the International Society for Teacher Education for four years.  At present she still serves on the Editorial Board of this journal.
  • Was the programme manager of the Intermediate Phase of the BEd programme.
  • Acts as external examiner of two modules of the BEd programme of the University of the Witwatersrand.
  • Acts as external examiner of doctoral theses and Masters’ dissertations of the following Institutions: The University of Pretoria, The University of Johannesburg, Cape Town University of Technology, The University of Stellenbosch, The University of the Witwatersrand, The University of Punjab in Lahore, Pakistan.
  • Acts as reviewer of articles of the following journals: AER, South African Journal of Higher Education, Per Linguam, Koers, South African Journal for Language Teaching, MUSAION, Progressio, Tydskrif vir Wetenskap en Kuns, Journal of the International Society for Teacher Education, LitNet, The Journal of the Institute of Education and Research of the University of Punjab in Pakistan and The Journal of Education and Training in the USA.

Awards:

  • Obtained a Leadership in Research Women Award at Unisa in 2012.
  • Hugo, AJ & Lenyai, EM. 2009.  Report on the academic visit to the University of Girona, Spain.  (Fellowship received for this academic visit)
  • Hugo, AJ & Lenyai, EM. 2007.  A Unisa Report on the teaching of reading in the BEd Programme.  A project of the South African Institute for Distance Education (SAIDE).

Other

Keynote Speaker:

  • 2007, 30 July – 1 August.  A South African approach to education and development.  Summer school of the Public University of Navarra, Pamplona, Spain.
  • 2010, 11-17 April.  Teacher training: Lessons learned in distance education. 30th Annual Seminar of the International Society for Teacher Education.  Porto Alegre, Brazil.

Organiser of International Conferences:

  • Member of the organising committee who hosted the 18th Annual seminar of the International Society for Teacher Education, Kruger National Park, South Africa, 1998.
  • Co-convener of the 26th Annual seminar of the International Society for Teacher Education, Stellenbosch, South Africa, 2006.