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BA (Language Practice)

The University of the Free State
3 years
Full time
Bachelor's degree
Bloemfontein
English

Program description

BA (Language Practice)

Society and culture cannot function without language. Practices based on language, such as translation, interpreting, editing, and terminology design occur every day in the economy, politics, media, medicine, law and other fields. In the multilingual countries of Africa, journalists, doctors, politicians, civil servants, software designers and others have to perform their work with people who speak different languages. In Language Practice, we guide students to study these practices, the policy context in which they occur, and their influences on society and culture.

The primary purpose of a Humanities education is to give you access to critical thinking skills, appreciation of literature, understanding of cultures, the use of power, the mysteries of the mind, the organisation of societies, the complexities of leadership, the art of communication, and the challenge of change. All of these skills will support you in your future career. A qualification in the Humanities is therefore well respected all over the world, and people with this type of qualification form the backbone of society.

Certain programs were developed to train you for a specific career, while others equip you with skills needed for various positions. Today’s ever-changing career world requires various skills that this faculty can equip you with, including language proficiency, communication skills, creativity, interpersonal skills, problemsolving skills, computer literacy, and critical thinking.

Admission requirements

A language practitioner who wants to work in South Africa must be proficient in at least two of the official languages, one of which should be his/her home language and the other one English. Computer literacy is a prerequisite. Become a language practitioner and make languages work for you!

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.


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Program content

We focus on the following:

  • Translation/interpreting and development
  • Terminology development and public service delivery
  • Editing
  • Language management in development contexts

A language practitioner can specialise in one or more of the following fields:

  • Translator
  • Language technologist
  • Interpreter
  • Language engineer
  • Dictionary maker
  • Language programr
  • Language manager
  • Copywriter and editor
  • Terminologist
  • Language facilitator

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The University of the Free State

The University of the Free State is situated in Bloemfontein – the centre of South Africa.  Bloemfontein serves as the capital of the Free State Province as well as the. Judicial Capital of South Africa.  This beautiful city is also...


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