Prof Michael le Cordeur currently chairs the Department of Curriculum Studies in the Faculty of Education at Stellenbosch University (SU). He holds degrees from SU, the University of the Western Cape, UNISA and the SU Graduate School of Business. His research and publications deal with learners’ reading and writing skills and language in education. He is the author/co-author of various books and articles and has presented papers nationally and internationally. As a regular columnist he is a recipient of the Media Award of Excellence (2018) recognising him as one of SU’s Thought Leaders. He is one of the authors of the Western Cape Language Policy, serves on the board of directors of the SBA and Het Jan Marais Fund and is a member of the South African Academy for Arts and Science. Awards include South African Academy for his contribution to education (2008), the Rectors Award (2010-2014), a ministerial award for multilingualism (2012), the Premier Award (1997) for Community Service and SU’s Chancellors Award (2014).