Department of Linguistics and Modern Languages

Prof NM Klapwijk

College of Human Sciences
School of Arts
Department: Linguistics and Modern Languages
Associate Professor
Tel: 012 429 2403


  • PhD (Stellenbosch, 2011)
  • MPhil (Stellenbosch, 2008)
  • Hons (Appl. Ling) (Unisa, 1996)
  • Postgr Dipl in Translation (Stellenbosch, 1990)
  • B.Ed (Stellenbosch, 1986)

Fields of academic interests

  • Corpus linguistics

Field of Specialisation

  • Reading comprehension instruction
  • Language & learning in a multilingual environment
  • Technology & language learning

Journal articles

  • Klapwijk, N.M. 2016. Teachers’ own use of reading strategies: Does it transfer to their teaching? Language Matters 47(2):149-173. DOI: 10.1080/10228195.2016.1198826
  • Klapwijk, N.M. & Van der Walt, C. 2016. English-plus multilingualism as the new linguistic capital? Implications of university students’ attitudes about language in a multilingual environment. Journal of Language, Identity and Education, 15(2):67-82.
  • Pretorius, E.J. & Klapwijk, N.M. 2016. Reading comprehension in South African schools: Are teachers getting it, and getting it right? Per Linguam 32(1):1-20.
  • Klapwijk, N.M. 2015. Changing student teachers’ views of comprehension instruction through the use of a comprehension instruction framework. Journal for Language Teaching 49(1):81-103.
  • Klapwijk, N.M. 2015. EMC²=Comprehension: A framework for reading comprehension instruction. South African Journal of Education 35(1):1-10.
  • Van der Walt, C. & Klapwijk, N.M. 2015. Language of learning and teaching (LoLT) in a multilingual school environment: What do teachers think? Language Matters 46(2):143-168.
  • Klapwijk, N.M. 2013. Cloze Tests and Word Reading Tests: enabling teachers to measure learners’ reading-related abilities.  Per Linguam 29(1):47-61.
  • Klapwijk, N.M. 2012. Teacher change and reading strategy instruction: implications for teacher training. South African Journal of Education 32(2):191-204.
  • Klapwijk, N.M. & Van der Walt, C. 2011. Measuring reading strategy knowledge transfer: motivation for teachers to implement reading strategy instruction. Per Linguam 27(2):25-40.
  • Klapwijk, N.M. & Du Toit, R.O. 2009. Improving second-language reading comprehension through a blended-learning approach to strategy instruction. Mousaion 27 SPES: 77-92. Unisa Press.

Professional positions, fellowships & awards

  • Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Stellenbosch University (2012-2013)
  • Postgraduate merit bursary, Stellenbosch University (2011-2012)
  • VLIR-UOS short-stay research scholarship (Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium, 2012-2013)
  • Fulbright-Hays grant from the US Embassy in South Africa (2015, 2016)
  • Associate Editor for Per Linguam scholarly journal –


  • Developing a web app for multilingual subject-specific vocabulary: practical & pedagogical issues. See
  • Postgraduate distance learning students’ use of strategies in dealing with prescribed reading material. In progress.