This thrust questions the validity of boundaries between languages and literacies.

Research projects focus on edumetric literacy measures in more than one language to screen, diagnose and monitor reading development of grades 1-10 over a longitudinal scale. Reading comprehension, oral reading proficiency, classroom print environment, teacher pedagogy and parental/family involvement are all areas of investigation under this thrust.

This thrust begins from the early literacy foundation of writing as a way of thinking and idea focused. There is also an emphasis on how the ‘contact of various cultural and linguistic funds of knowledge that correlate with successful academic writing.

This thrust engages in the collection of a reliable corpus in multilingual interactions to develop a lexical pool for African languages, to stored digitally for retrieval and use across the curriculum.

Research programmes under this thrust seek to understand indigenous literacy systems in order to develop, modernise and use in the current education system.

The research projects under this thrust address two interlinked problems:  teaching English to speakers of African languages and teaching and developing methodologies for teaching African languages to speakers of other languages.

This thrust addresses the questions on various domains of language policy and planning design, implementation and management in multilingual schools and institutions of higher learning.

This research theme focuses on the intersection between language, race and gender in a highly complex multilingual, multi-ethic, and multi-racial societies.

This research theme focuses on classrooms and teacher practices that respond to the diverse backgrounds and different learning needs of students.