Support programmes

Support programmes are offered in both the academic and the corporate spheres and often take the form of intense but concise workshops. These are generally based on actual writing that the client is currently engaged with, and are tailor-made explicitly for a group of clients. We are able to offer our programmes at a venue of your choice.

The programme offers Postgraduates based in the Social Science, Humanities, and Management faculties help with reading and writing appropriately for their specific writing assignments over a semester. We will meet weekly to present particular themes and problems in academic writing and reading. Each week’s topic will be related to students’ personal assignments and give time for students to apply the issue to their own context in a workshop atmosphere. The facilitators will offer both face-to-face and remote support in the process of reading, drafting and producing real-time academic documents as needed. We aim to promote the development of the students’ independent voices and identities as writers within different fields.

The workshops are three days in length and focus on very specific requirements. Should you wish for a workshop on any aspect of academic writing, please contact us to arrange it.

Corporate programmes are for personnel in government or non-government departments, organisations or companies. On consultation, a needs analysis together with recommended strategies for support will be provided.

A programme for all who need to take the IELTS exam and achieve the band score required for immigration, study at an English language university overseas or obtain an internationally recognised certification in their profession. We introduce the test format to newcomers who have not done the test (Academic and General) and give intensive practice and analysis on all four of the skill components of the test (writing, reading, listening and speaking) in a series of workshops. Candidates can elect to attend classes for only one skill that needs attention.

This 3-hour workshop is for students who plan to write the Academic and Quantitative Literacy (AQL) paper of the National Benchmarking Test (NBT) and want to understand more about the Academic Literacy (AL) component.

We will:

  • Discuss exactly what Academic Literacy is, and why it is so important
  • Gain an overview of the key components of the test
  • Write a sample one hour test (from Test your Competence by Albert Weideman and Tobie van Dyk)
  • Mark the test and work through all difficulties
  • Discuss any anxieties (and provide additional support should it be necessary)

DATE: To be confirmed

ADDRESS: 33 Alan Paton Avenue, Scottsville, Pietermaritzburg

CONTACT DETAILS: Jenny Kerchhoff/ Geri Coertze on 033 345 6844 or

COST: R375 payable strictly before the workshop commences. The workshops is limited to 8 candidates so advanced booking and payment is essential. Workshops will be offered on other dates, these can be flexible to accommodate requirements (location and time).