Open Resource Term Bank (OERTB) project was primarily created to benefit higher learning indigenous language students to access key concepts using their languages in their various academic disciplines and fields. The project is aimed at promoting the South African indigenous languages as means to comprehend concepts in academic disciplines through practices such as translanguaging – the process and practice of shuttling between students’ home languages and English to facilitate comprehension, foster social cohesion and recognise students’ linguistic identities.
OERTB is a DHET-funded project that is being developed by the University of Pretoria (UP) and the University of Cape Town (UCT), under the leadership of Professors Adelia Carstens, Elsabé Taljard and Mbulungeni Madiba. Many South African universities are collaborating with UP and UCT. The website has been developed by TshwaneDJe and implemented using the tlTerm Terminology Software and TLex Online platform developed by David Joffe and Malcolm MacLeod.