Academy Publications and Lectures



The Academy recognizes the need to communicate widely on its activities and does this through publications, conferences, lectures and media statements.

English Academy Review

The main publication of the English Academy is The English Academy Review: Southern African Journal of English Studies (EAR). This is a locally and internationally accredited journal, published twice a year, containing:

  • scholarly refereed articles on all aspects of English including English education
  • creative writing
  • reviews of significant publications
  • proceedings of the Academy
  • Academy lectures

More information regarding EAR, including the submission of articles for publication, can be found here.

Teaching English Today

In 2010, the Academy launched an online magazine for English Teachers. While the site is active on an ongoing basis, two 'editions' are published each year. The articles provide a mix of practical advice and discussions on matters related to English teaching. The Editor is Dr Malcolm Venter. Contributions are welcome and may be submitted at any time by email to the Editor ( To access the site, click here.

Other publications

The Academy has published Better Than They Knew – an account of the contributions of English speakers in Southern Africa (ed. R.M. de Villiers. Cape Town: Purnell, vol. 1, 1972, vol. 2, 1974).

It has also published Guidelines on Terms and Punctuation, conference proceedings and occasional papers.

Members are informed on current activities by regular publication of the Newsletter.


Two public lectures are given annually: The English Academy Percy Baneshik Lecture and the Commemorative Lecture.

Among the distinguished guests who have delivered the English Academy Percy Baneshik Lecture are Prof. Es’kia Mphahlele, Prof. Njabulo Ndebele, Prof. Martin Orkin, Prof. Guy Butler, Dr Alan Paton, Mr M.C. O’Dowd, Prof. Albie Sachs, His Excellency Mr Gopalkrishna Gandhi, Prof. Elwyn Jenkins, Prof. Stephen Gray, Chris van Wyk and John Matshikiza.






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