Agatha J. van Ginkel, Ph.D.

Senior Literacy and Education Consultant


  • Ph.D., Applied Linguistics, Leeds Metropolitan University, United Kingdom, 2008
  • M.A., Teaching English as Foreign Language, The University of Reading, United Kingdom, 2003
  • M.A.(Vocational), Special Education Needs, Free University, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 2008
  • B.A.(Vocational), English Language Teaching, Hoge School Windesheim, Zwolle, Netherlands, 2007
  • Baccalaureate  in Theology and teacher’s qualification for Religious Education at Secondary Schools, Evangelische Hogeschool, Amersfoort, The Netherlands, 1992
  • Post graduate degree, Special Education Needs/ Remedial Specialist, Free University, Amsterdam, Netherlands, 2007
  • Postgraduate certificate (distinction), Materials Development for Language Teaching, Leeds Metropolitan University, United Kingdom, 2006
  • Certificate in the Psychology of Life Cycle, Open University, Netherlands, 2001
  • Certificate in Educational Psychology, Open University, Netherlands, 2001

Current positions

  • Certified Senior Literacy and Education Consultant, SIL International, 2013–
  • Consultant for Languages in Education, SIL Africa Area, 2008–

Other professional experience and service

  • English Language Department Head, ESL teacher, and Coordinator for Special Education Needs (SEN), De Meerwaarde Secondary School, Netherlands, 2004–2008
  • Literacy consultant and researcher, Bible Translation and Literacy (BTL) East Africa, 2004–2008
  • Lecturer, B.A. coursework, International Christian Ministries, Kitale, Kenya, 2003–2004
  • Literacy consultant, Bible Translation and Literacy (BTL) Kenya, 2002–2004
  • Technical Assistant in Literacy, BTL Kenya, 1995–2001
  • Interim project leader, Sabaot Bible Translation and Literacy Project, Kenya, 1997–2000
  • Christian Religious Education teacher, post-secondary school education, Vormingsinstituut Ora et Labora, 1992

Professional memberships

  • Applied Linguistics and Literacy in Africa and the Diaspora Research Network, 2008–
  • Anéla, The Dutch Association of Applied Linguistics, 2002–
  • The International Reading Association, 1998–

Language proficiencies

  • Dutch: ILR 5
  • English: ILR 4
  • Kiswahili: ILR 2+
  • Sabaot: ILR 2+
  • Afrikaans: ILR 2+                            
  • German: ILR 2+

Research interests

  • Linguistic influence and reading
  • Reading and African languages
  • First language reading
  • Fair assessment
  • Transfer reading
  • Second/foreign language reading and learning
P.O. Box 44456
00100 Nairobi