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Louise Olivier


About Louise Olivier:

Training English teachers for a better worldMy name is Dr Louise Olivier. I am from the North-West University in South Africa. My husband received a job offer and we will be moving to Slovenia in September 2022. I am currently looking for a teaching/research job.I have a PhD in English and a TESOL qualification from Arizona State University through Coursera. I am currently a senior lecturer where I train English student teachers from Foundation Phase to secondary school. I also have extensive training and experience in academic literacy and academic writing in higher education. I also have 20 years experience in teaching from primary school to higher education. 


Senior Lecturer

North-West University, Mahikeng

Faculty of Education – Subject Group: English for Education School of Language Education

Jan. 2021 – currently 
Senior Lecturer

North-West University, Potchefstroom
Centre for Academic Literacy and Professional Language Practice, Faculty of Humanities

Successes and awards:
- Module tutor for ALDE 111
- ITEA award (teaching excellence) (DTEA finalist) – 2018 
Jan. 2018 – Dec. 2020

North-West University, Potchefstroom
Centre for Academic Literacy and Professional Language Practice, Faculty of Humanities

Successes and awards:
- Completion of my PhD
- Positive student feedback and excellent pass rate
- Publication of first articles
- Module tutor for AGLE 111
- Received award from SAVTO for best young presenter at the LSSA/SAALA/SAALT- conference 2013, Stellenbosch.

Jan. 2011 – Dec. 2017
Part-time lecturerVaal University for Technology, Vanderbijlpark 
Computer Literacy (Advanced Certificate in Education: first and second year) 
Feb. 2009 – Oct. 2009

Free State Department of Education: Sasolburg High School, Sasolburg
Taught English HL and FAL (gr. 10-12), IT skills (gr. 8 and 9) as well as gr. 10 Computer Applications Technology.

Successes and awards:
- Subject head for English HL, 2009-2010
- Special award for contribution to cultural activities, 2009
- Organizer and coach for English drama and spoken arts festival items, 2008-2010
- Organized a very successful Shakespeare Festival (with four shortened English and one Afrikaans plays being performed by learners), 2009

May 2007 – Oct. 2010
TeacherHays Education, London, United Kingdom
Supply teaching (Various schools: from foundation phase level up to high school.)
Teacher working in the Learning Development Department with children with special needs.
Sept. 2005 – March 2007
TeacherGauteng (General Smuts High School, Vereeniging) and Free State Departments of Education (Vaalpark High, Vaalpark)
Taught English HL (gr. 8-12), Life Orientation and Arts and Culture (gr. 8-9).
Jan. 2004 – Aug. 2005

Research assistant 


School of Languages, PU for CHE (Vaal Triangle Campus)
Research assistance and administrated reading development classes for first years on computer

Successes and awards:
- Award for best BA student (PU for CHE, 2002, Vaal Triangle Campus)

Jan. 2001 – Nov. 2003


2011-2015 PhD (English: applied linguistics) – NWU

                 Thesis: “The effect of an academic literacy course on first-year student                          writing: A case study” (Graduation: 27 May 2016)


                 2005-2009 MEd (Teaching and learning) – NWU

                 Dissertation: “Integrating motion media in the instruction of English                               literature: outcomes-based guidelines” (Graduation: 9 October 2009)


                 2004 Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) [cum laude] – NWU

                 Subject didactics: Afrikaans, English and Technology

Education (Educational psychology, Educational administration, Education law) and Additional Educational Competencies.
(Graduation: 21 April 2005) 


2003 BA Honours (Language practice) [cum laude] – NWU 

                 Text linguistics

                 Film and narrative

                 Language practice: subtitling

                 Translation theory

                 Mini-dissertation: “The role of intertextuality in the interpretation of 
                        The Hours” 

(Graduation: 29 April 2004)


2000-2002 BA (Languages) [cum laude] – PU for CHE 

                 English III

                 Afrikaans and Dutch III

                 Translation Studies III

                 Psychology II

                 Philosophy II

                 Sociology I 

(Graduation: 24 April 2003)

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