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Juliet Thondhlana

Associate Professor in Education and Migration, Faculty of Social Sciences


Research Summary

My research interests are in the following areas:

  • higher education, language, employability and migration;
  • internationalisation of higher education;
  • migration and slavery nexus;
  • intercultural communication.

I would be happy to supervise PhD students in these areas.

Recent Publications

Juliet is a member of the Centre for International Education Research. Her research supervision areas include:

  • higher education, migration and employability
  • group work (tasks, processes and products)
  • intercultural communication
  • Applied Linguistics
  • English for Specific Purposes

Research proposals: please email Juliet if you would like to discuss the appropriateness of your research topic.

Past Research

  • Education, migration and employability
  • Needs Analysis
  • Intercultural Communication
  • Contrastive Rhetoric
  • Language Planning and Policy
  • Language Attitudes
  • Language and Gender
  • CHINGARANDE, S. D., THONDHLANA, J., MADZIVA, R. and ANDERSON, A. H., eds., 2021. Matarenda/Talents in Zimbabwean Pentecostalism:: Empowerment, Gender and Development in an African Movement Brill.
  • THONDHLANA, J. and GARWE, E. C., eds., 2021. Repositioning of Africa in knowledge production: shaking off historical stigmas Journal of the British Academy.
  • THONDHLANA, J., GARWE, E. C., DE WIT, H., GACEL-ÁVILA, J., HUANG, F. and TAMRAT, W., eds., 2020. The Bloomsbury Handbook of the Internationalization of Higher Education in the Global South Bloomsbury.
  • ANDERSON, A.H., CLIFFORD, M., MADZIVA, R., THONDHLANA, J. and GORONGA, P., 2019. Exploring the Pentecostal Faith—Sustainability—Entrepreneurship Nexus in Zimbabwe. In: FILHO, W.L. and MCCREA, A.C., eds., Sustainability and the Humanities 1st edition. Springer. 225-237
  • BUSH, T., GLOVER, D., MUCHABAYIWA, W., MUTANGA, D., SIMANGO, J. and THONDHLANA, J., 2019. Leading and Sustaining Zimbabwe's Private Schools: Matching Vision with Economic Reality Management in Education.
  • THONDHLANA, J. and MADZIVA, R., 2018. Skilled Migrant African Women of Faith and Diaspora Investment. In: D. HACK-POLAY and J. SIWALE, eds., African Diaspora Direct Investment: Establishing the Economic and Socio-cultural Rationale Palgrave: MacMillan.
  • MADZIVA, R., SIWALE, J. and THONDHLANA, J., 2018. Exploring Gender and Diaspora Investment Among Diaspora Women in the UK. In: HACK-POLAY, D. and SIWALE, J., eds., African Diaspora Direct Investment: Economic and Sociocultural Rationality Palgrave MacMillan.
  • GARWE, E. and THONDHLANA, J., 2018. Higher Education Systems and Institutions, Zimbabwe. In: MOHAMEDBHAI, G. and LANGA, P., eds., Encyclopaedia of International Higher Education Systems and Institutions Springer.
  • THONDHLANA, J. and MADZIVA, R., 2018. English Language as an Inclusion Tool: The case of Syrian refugee children in the UK. In: SAFFORD, K. and CHAMBERLAIN, L., eds., Learning and Teaching Around the World: Comparative and International Studies in Primary Education Routledge.
  • THONDHLANA, J. and MADZIVA, R., 2017. English Language as an Integration Tool: The case of Syrian Refugees to the UK. In: ERLING, E., ed., English across the Fracture Lines: the Contribution and Relevance of English to Security, Safety and Stability in the World British Council.
  • MADZIVA, R. and THONDHLANA, J., 2017. Provision of quality education in the context of Syrian refugee children in the UK: Opportunities and challenges. Compare: A Journal of Comparative and International Education. 46(6), 942-961
  • SMITH, A. and THONDHLANA, J., 2015. The EAP competencies in a group case study project as revealed by a task analysis Journal of English for Academic Purposes. 20, 14-27
  • MCGRATH, S., MADZIVA, R. and THONDHLANA, J., 2015. Rethinking the employability of international graduate migrants: Reflections on the experiences of Zimbabweans with degrees from England Journal of Further and Higher Education.
  • LIU, M and THONDHLANA, J, 2015. A Study of Chinese EFL Learners' Foreign Language Listening Anxiety, Listening Strategy Use and Listening Performance Indonesian Journal of English Language Teaching. 10(1), 30-51
  • MCGRATH, S., MADZIVA, R. and THONDHLANA, J., 2014. Zimbabwean graduate migrants to the UK are more than just "British bottom cleaners" The Conversation. Available at: <>
  • MADZIVA, R., MCGRATH, S. and THONDHLANA, J., 2014. Communicating Employability: the Role of Communicative Competence for Zimbabwean Highly Skilled Migrants in the UK Journal of International Migration and Integration. 17(1), 235-252
  • MADZIVA, R., MCGRATH, S. and THONDHLANA, J., 2014. The hidden face of discrimination in the global labour market: The case of Zimbabwean highly skilled migrants in the UK. In: Invisible Visible Minority: Confronting Afrophobia and Advancing Equality for People of African Descent and Black Europeans in Europe European Network Against Racism (ENAR). 140-156
  • THONDHLANA, J. and SMITH, A., 2013. Cracking the Case: A Task Based Investigation of a Business Case Study Group Project Journal of Business and Technical Communication. 27(1), 32-61
  • GIMENEZ, J. and THONDHLANA, J., 2012. Collaborative writing in engineering: perspectives from research and implications for undergraduate education European Journal of Engineering Education. 37(5), 471-487
  • SMITH, A.F.V. and THONDHLANA, J., 2011. Designing an exhibition: exploring a complex, group case study InForm: A journal for international foundation programme professionals. 7(April), 11-12
  • THONDHLANA, J., 2011. The role of the Zimbabwean Media in the transition process. In: T. MURITHI & A. MAWADZA, ed., Zimbabwe Transition Jacana Media. 223-254
  • THONDHLANA, J., 2010. Language and the social construction of gender roles: roles in transition Lambert Academic Publishing.
  • THONDHLANA, J. and GIMENEZ, J., 2010. Academic literacies and graduate employability: in search of a link. In: BAKER, G., ed., Teaching for integrative learning: innovations in university practice Centre for Integrative Learning.
  • THONDHLANA, J. AND GAO, X., 2009. Investigating academic demands and students’ communicative needs in a globalised university of the 21st Century: Reflections on a needs analysis journey Journal of the ESP SIG. 10-15
  • THONDHLANA, J. AND GAO, X, 2009. Needs Analysis Project: Phase I Report At: CELE, University of Nottingham
  • DYANDA, C., MAKONI, R.D., NYAWARANDA, V., THONDHLANA, J., MACHINGAIDZE, C.E. and SITHOLE, J., 2006. The Nature of the Comprehensive English Literacy Test of the University of Zimbabwe (CELTUZ-Primary) (Field Edition) Zimbabwe Journal of Educational Research. 18(2), 275-286
  • DYANDA, C., NYAWARANDA, V. and AND THONDHLANA, J., 2006. Searching for a context for developing norms. In: DYANDA, C., MATAVIRE, J., DOZVA, M. and KUYAYAMA, A., eds., Effective Curriculum Access: The English Literacy Question. Human Resources Research Centre (HRRC): University of Zimbabwe. 6-12
  • DYANDA, C. and THONDHLANA, J., 2006. Grade 3 and 6 performance on the Celtuz-primary (Reading battery) Zimbabwe Journal of Educational Research. 18, 2
  • THONDHLANA, J., 2005. Language and Identity in Zimbabwe. In: SLABBERT, S. and FINLAYSON, R., eds., Language and Identities in a Postcolony: Southern African Perspectives Frankfurt am Main: Peter Lang. 49-65
  • THONDHLANA, J., 2002. Book Review: Culture in Second Language Teaching and Learning English for Specific Purposes By E. Hinkle. 21(4), 408-410
  • THONDHLANA, J., 2002. Using indigenous languages for teaching and learning in Zimbabwe. In: BURNABY, B. AND REYHNER, J., ed., Indigenous languages across the community Flagstaff, Arizona: Northern Arizona University, College of Education..
  • THONDHLANA, J., 2000. Contrastive rhetoric in Shona and English argumentative essays Harare: University of Zimbabwe.
  • THONDHLANA, J., 1999. Integrating Language and Culture in Second Language Teaching: Some Examples from Shona Zimbabwe Journal of Educational Research. 11(2), 34-56
  • THONDHLANA, J., 1998. A Critical Look at Garford’s ABABAB Approach to Argumentative Essay Writing Zimbabwe Journal of Educational Research. 10(3), 174-188
  • THONDHLANA, J., 1998. Redundancy: Unnecessary Repetition or Effective Rhetorical Strategy? A Cross-Cultural Dilemma’. In: HOFFER, B.L. J.H. KOO, J.H., ed., Cross-Cultural Communication East and West in the 90s: Selected Papers From the 5th International Conference on Cross-Cultural Communication – Harbin, China, 1995 San Antonio: Institute for Cross-Cultural Research, Trinity University.. 136-139
  • CHIWOME, E. AND THONDHLANA, J., 1992. Sociolinguistics and education: A Survey Concerning Attitudes on the Teaching of Shona through the Media of Shona and English. In: HERBERT, R.K., ed., Language and Society in Africa Cape Town: Witwatersrand University Press. 247-263
  • MPARUTSA, C, THONDHLANA, J and CRAWHALL, N, 1992. An Initial Investigation into Language Attitudes of Secondary School students in Zimbabwe. In: HERBERT, R.K., ed., Language and Society in Africa Cape Town: Witwatersrand University Press. 235-246
  • PONGWENI, A.J.C. AND THONDHLANA, J., ed., 1990. The Role of Linguistics in Communication for Development: Proceedings of the Second Linguistics Association for SADCC Universities Conference Harare: LASU.
  • MADZIVA, R., SIWALE, J. and THONDHLANA, J., Gender and Diaspora Investment: What do we know?. In: HACK-POLAY, D. and SIWALE, J., eds., African Diaspora Direct Investment: Establishing the Economic and Socio-cultural Rationale
  • MCGRATH, S, THONDHLANA, J. and GARWE, E., Internationalisation of Higher Education and National Development: The Case of Zimbabwe Compare: A Journal of Comparative and International Education. (In Press.)

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