Fostering English as a Vital Resource

Welcome to the website of the English Academy of Southern Africa – a home of English studies in Southern Africa. On this site you will find news and photographs of recent events that the Academy has hosted. These include conferences and public lectures, occasional schools and seminars on English-related topics, and the presentation of of the Academy’s prestigious prizes and awards, lectures, conferences and schools. You can read interesting and provocative articles and speeches on literature and language matters in South Africa. We offer help and advice on language through our language advisory service and links to other organizations and websites.


Our recommended reading list will direct you to the best guides to English language and usage currently on the market. The Academy is well known for its prestigious academic journal, the English Academy Review: Southern African Journal of English Studies, and you can read full details about it. The site tells you how to join the Academy, support its activities and obtain its journal and newsletter.

Message from the President

It is indeed a distinct honour to serve as the 17th President of the English Academy of Southern Africa. The Academy has a proud history since its inauguration in 1961 and is considered as a unique institution globally. 2011 marked the Golden Jubilee of the Academy with an international conference on Language, Literature and Literacy as well as the publication of the commemorative edition of our accredited journal, the English Academy Review: Southern African Journal of English Studies.


Our vision is of a democratic society in which effective English is available to all who wish to use it, where competent instruction in the language is readily accessible and in which the country’s diverse linguistic ecology is respected. The Academy continues to give high priority to education and the effective teaching and use of English at all levels...


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