Tawanda Matende

  • Lecturer, Department of Languages, Literature and Culture, University of Zimbabwe
  • University of Venda, PhD Linguistics


Sign language in Zimbabwe is not a curriculum subject and is not yet described. There is no movement on the ground geared towards Sign language teaching and learning in schools. Tawanda’s study generates awareness on the need for policy, teaching and learning of sign language. Tawanda Matende is a lecturer in the Department of Languages, Literature and Culture at the University of Zimbabwe. His research interests are in the area of Sign Language, deaf education, bilingual education, language policy and planning, language and sustainable development, linguistic human rights advocacy, interpretation and translating studies, language editing and transcription, audiology and speech therapy. Tawanda Matende teaches a wide range of linguistics courses covering structural aspects of Sign Language in Zimbabwe.