Thursday, May 29, 2008



Members of the Communication Department at the Polytechnic of Namibia are doing research about the use of English in Namibia. NETA members are invited to join the project, or to provide information and comments. For more information regarding this investigation , please see the NETA blog,


We would like to announce a short story competition for non-professional writers. There are two categories. For the first time writers the length is 2000 word. for others who have published earlier, the length of the story should be 7,500 to 10,000 words. For more information contact Tracy Grellmann (tel. 207-2190) and Sarala Krishnamurthy (tel. 207-2402).


We would like all English teachers to join NETA and participate in our activities. Please tell your colleagues about the Association. We would also welcome any contribution to the newsletter, and are looking for workshop presenters. Please contact Jeanne Hunter, tel. 207-2419.

Monday, May 26, 2008


Hello Friends

I am really excited to announce the Mini-conference and workshop we are holding this weekend at the
Polytechnic of Namibia. The over-arching theme of the Mini-conference is "Language Assessment". Last year
more than 25,000 students failed in Grade 10, which is indeed a cause for concern.Therefore we believe
that the workshops are timely and beneficial to all the participants who are going to attend.

The Presidential Address will be given by Dr.Becky Ndjoze-Ojo, the Deputy minister of Education, who is a
renowned academician in her own right and the Key note speaker is Dr.Dolores Woolfaardt,
who has worked tirelessly for years as the Examinations Officer for the Cambridge IGCSE and HIGSCE exams
in Namibia. They bring a wealth of experience that all teachers of English can draw inspiration from.
The two addresses will be followed by four plenary sessions which deal with different aspects of
assessments. The Plenary sessions will be followed by workshops to provide an opportunity to teachers
to try out whatever has been explained in the plenaries so that they can go back to their classes
having learnt some useful strategies and apply them for successful learning.
I hope you will all be able to participate in this endeavour and make the Mini-conference and Workshop
Best regards