Language Advisory Service

By: English Academy  11-11-2011
Keywords: Advisory Service, English Language

GRAMMARPHONE  (English language advisory service)

Objective

To assist members of the public with grammar and usage.

Method of rendering service

Providing a telephone and e-mail advisory service.

A Cautionary Note!

We are advisors, not instructors. We don’t lay down the law so much as chart a course avoiding the rocks of grammar and syntax.

Staffing

Most of our volunteers have spent many years in appropriate fields such as education and are extremely well equipped — all give their services out of love of the English language and a desire to facilitate its use and enhance its standards

Scope of service

Giving advice on grammar, pronunciation, punctuation, semantics, spelling and syntax, as well as practical guidance on matters of usage.

Negotiable areas

Drafting letters, references or other texts, editing, proofreading, translating and providing regular service to any organization — individual consultants are free to undertake such services but may well be expected to negotiate appropriate fees for them.

Excluded

Doing homework, drafting answers to quizzes, contests and crosswords, and accepting (or allowing the Academy to accept) legal responsibility for advice given.

Spoken and Written English

English can be spoken with a variety of accents, and no language judgements can be made about them.  We provide advice on written English only. There is an international standard for writing English, and in South Africa we use the standard based on British usage in grammar, spelling and punctuation.

American English

FAQs

Many of the points of usage that we are asked about are discussed in the English Academy booklet, Guidelines on Terms and Punctuation. Copies may be ordered from the English Academy Office.

Contents: -ize/-ise; the ampersand (&); the solidus (/); hyphens and the compounding of words; abbreviations and the use of the full stop; capital letters

Other sources of help

We have listed sources that you can consult yourself under and . Click here to be transferred to these sections.

Spread of service

As shown in the schedule below. We are always seeking to enrol new consultants, particularly in areas where little or no help is currently being given.

Enquiries

Co-ordinator: Clive Bruckmann
126 San Sereno
Private Bag X14
Bryanston
2021
Phone/Fax 011.463-4968

:

* Preferred method of communication

NAME

ADDRESS

HOME

WORK

CELL

FAX

JOHANNESBURG

Mr Clive BRUCKMANN

126 San Sereno
Private Bag X14
Bryanston
2021

*011 463 4968

011 463 4968

Mr Joel ALSWANG

*PO Box 64043
Highlands North
2037

011 786 7340

082 610 0888

*011 786 6336

Mrs Doris RAVENHILL

PO Box 130721
Bryanston
2021

*011 463 2068

011 463 2068

Mrs Kate TURKINGTON

PO Box 4965
Halfway House
1685

011 314 1258

PRETORIA

Prof. Stephen FINN

222 Aries Street
Waterkloof Ridge
0181

012 346 0496

083 709 4093

Mr David LEVEY
(08:00 to 16:00)

Dept. of English, UNISA
PO Box 392
0003

012 333 5053

012 429 6526

*083 384 1324

012 429 6222

Mr John PRICE
(14:30 to 16:00)

PO Box 801
Pretoria
0001

012 342 9164

012 342 9165

KWAZULU-NATAL

Prof. Elwyn Jenkins

400 Amber Valley
Private Bag X30
Howick 3290

033 239 5400

083 353 6201

Mrs Janet WHELAN

87 Somerset Country Estate
450 Queen Elizabeth Avenue Glenwood
4001

031 261 3079

072 422 3233

Professor Peter TITLESTAD

P O Box 151,
Mtunzini
3867

035 340 1352 082 491 2440 

EASTERN CAPE

Mr Lindsay WALKER
(11:00 – 18:00)

P O Box 207
Bathurst
6166

*046 625 0115

082 509 2086

*Preferred medium of communication

Keywords: Advisory Service, English Language

Other products and services from English Academy

11-11-2011

Academy News

It was with great sadness that the English Academy heard of the passing away of Professor Stephen Watson of the Department of English Language and Literature and Director of the Centre for Creative Writing at UCT on 10 April. A key problem in South Africa is the large numbers of language teachers who lack the very high levels of knowledge and skill needed to implement a text-based language curriculum.