Medadi Erisa Ssentanda

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Medadi Erisa Ssentanda
Senior Lecturer
About Me: 
I am a Senior Lecturer in the Department of African Languages, Makerere University. I am also a Research Associate in the Department of General Linguistics, Stellenbosch University. 
My research and reaching interests are in, Language policy in the school; Mother tongue/Multilingual-education; Early Literacy Development; Linguistic landscape, multilingualism, orthography and Translation studies. I have published in these areas. Please find my work here: 
I defended my PhD at Stellenbosch University in 2014 and my dissertation published by SUNScholar ( was titled Mother tongue education and transition to English medium education in Uganda: Teachers’ perspectives and practices versus language policy and curriculum.
Ebirungo by’Obuwanguzi biri mu ggwe: Ky’osiga ky’okungula. Marianum Press: Kisubi, 2022.
Funded Projects
  1. Co-PI for Communicating COVID-19-related messages in multilingual contexts. The project’s goal was to translate COVID-19 related messages into six Ugandan languages and Braille. The project was funded by the Research and Innovations Fund, Makerere University, May – October 2020. ($10,000)
  2. Early Career Scholars’ Programme (2019/2020): Languages, Ideologies and power: Exploring the Linguistic landscape of Kampala. Funded by The Andrew Mellon Foundation. ($20,000)
  3. Principal Investigator for the Nurturing Emerging Research Leaders through Post-doctoral training at Makerere University (NERLP) titled An assessment of the implementation strategies of mother tongue education in Uganda for the period 2017 – 2019. ($20,000)
  4. African Humanities Program Postdoctoral Fellowship for a project, A Critical discourse analysis of the linguistic landscape in pedagogical spaces of classrooms in Ugandan primary schools, 2018/2019. Sponsored by the American Council of Learned Societies. ($19,000)
Postgraduate Supervision
  1. Moureen Nanteza. “Locative Enclitics in Luganda: Form and Meaning” Graduated Jan 2019.
  2. Mariam Kyabangi. “Implementation strategies of mother tongue education in Uganda: a case of Gulu and Kayunga Districts”. Graduated Feb 2021.
  3. James Odongo. “The usability of the revised LeblanŊO orthography among its users in Lira District.” Graduated Feb 2021.
  4. Juliet Nambuya. “Implementation of the Uganda government communication strategy at ministry level: A case of agricultural sector knowledge management and Communications strategy (2016-2021).” Graduated May 2022.
  5. Racheal Chelimo. “Assessing the role of Communication in childhood vaccination uptake in Kampala, Uganda: A case of Kisenyi Health Centre IV”. Graduated May 2022.
  6. Richard Selwanga. “The linguistic landscape of Kampala: the case of shop signs.” Graduated May 2022.
Supervision Ongoing
  1. Viola Nantayi. “An anthropological linguistic study of emerging trends in personal names among the Baganda”. Supervision ongoing
  2. Justine Nakaayi. On how mother tongue affects written communicative competence in English among A'Level's students.” Submitted for examination.
  3. Walter Denis Adoko. “The influence of linguistic landscapes as pedagogical resources in literacy development among primary schools”. Submitted for examination.