Nhlanhla Mpofu is a South African National Research Foundation Y rated researcher, a member of the South African Young Academy of Science and an Associate Professor  in Language Education. Her research attempts to bridge theory and practice in ways that English is used as a second language in different disciplines in multilingual spaces. Her research focus works to (i) problematize our understanding of English as a Language of Instruction (ELI) in multilingual contexts; (ii) develop new language teaching methodologies that draw from culturally sustaining pedagogy and informed by disciplinary linguistic requirements, and (iii) re-orienting second language education research in multilingual education systems. She is a strong professional with a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D) focused in English Education from University of Pretoria/Universiteit van Pretoria.