Dr Michelle Pascoe

Associate Professor, Speech-language Therapy


BSc (Log) (UCT) 

MSc (Speech Pathology) UCT 

PhD (Sheffield, UK)

Teaching area

Children's speech and language development and difficulties

Teaching Courses

Human Communication Development

Research Interests

  • Intervention for children with speech, language and literacy difficulties.
  • Application of psycholinguistic frameworks to assessment and intervention.
  • Development of speech, language and literacy assessments appropriate for use with South African populations.

My research focuses on typical and atypical speech, language and literacy acquisition. My interest is in speech and language development in the languages of Southern Africa, multilingualism and ways to support clinicians when working with families from a range of language and cultural backgrounds. I am an NRF-rated researcher who has published over 30 peer-reviewed papers and 10 book chapters.

Awards & Honours

NRF C2 Rating (2014); NRF/Swedish Foundation for International Collaboration in Research & Higher Education (STINT) Science and Technology Collaboration (2018–2020).


  • Associate Editor: Child Language Teaching and Therapy; Logopaedics Phoniatrics and Vocology
  • Editorial Board member: Journal of Monolingual and Bilingual Speech; The South African Journal of Communication Disorders.
  • Member of the International Expert Panel on Multilingual Children’s Speech
  • Child Speech Committee of the International Association of Logopedics and Phoniatrics (IALP)
  • Standing Scientific Committee of the International Symposium on Monolingual and Bilingual Speech


Research Gate

Pascoe, M. & Stackhouse, J. (2021). Psycholinguistic Intervention. Chapter in Williams, L., McLeod, S. and McCauley, R. (Eds). Speech Sound Difficulties in Children (Second edition). Brookes: USA.   

Pascoe, M., Dean, J. & Le Roux, J. (2021). Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Reading Interventions: A Scoping Review. Reading & Writing, 12(1): 1­­–16. https://doi.org/10.4102/rw.v12i1.294  

Dean, J., Pascoe, M, & Le Roux, J. (2021). Pilot evaluation of a partner-supported online reading intervention for Grade 3-6 children. Child Language Teaching and Therapy. https://doi.org/10.1177/0265659021989400 

Southwood, F., White, M., Brookes, H., Pascoe, M., Ndhambi, M., Yalala, S., Mahura, O., Mössmer, M., Oosthuizen, H., Brink, N. & Alcock, A. (2021). Sociocultural factors affecting vocabulary development in young South African children. Frontiers in Psychology.  doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2021.642315

Pascoe, M, Mahura, O & Dean, J. (2020). Health-related resources for South Africa: A Scoping Review. Health SA Gesondheid, 25, 1378. 

Pascoe, M., Mahura, O. & Rossouw, K. (2020). Transcribing and transforming: Towards inclusive, multilingual child speech training for South African speech-language therapy students. Folia Phoniatrica et Logopaedica. Special Issue on Transcription of Children’s Speech 72(2) 108–111. https://doi.org/10.1159/000499427doi: 10.1159/000499427. 

Pascoe, M. & Jeggo, Z. (2019). Speech acquisition in monolingual children acquiring isiZulu in rural KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. Journal of Monolingual and Bilingual Speech, 1, 94–117. 

Simelane, M.L., Georgeu-Pepper, D., Ras, C., Anderson, L., Pascoe, M., Faris, G., Fairall, L., & Cornick, R. (2018). The Practical Approach to Care Kit (PACK) training programme: Scaling up and sustaining support for health workers to improve primary care. BMJ Global Health 3: e001124. doi:10.1136/bmjgh-2018-001124.  

Pascoe, M., Mahura, O. & Le Roux, J. (2018). South African English speech development: Preliminary data from typically developing pre-school children in Cape Town. Clinical Linguistics and Phonetics, 10.1080/02699206.2018.1510985.

Pascoe, M., Klop, D., Mdlalo, T., & Ndhambi, M. (2018). Beyond lip service: Towards human rights-driven guidelines for South African speech-language pathologists. International Journal of Speech Language Pathology, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/17549507.2018.1397745.

Pascoe, M., Mahura, O., Le Roux, J., Danvers, E., de Jager, A., Esterhuizen, N., Naidoo, C., Reynders, J., Senior, S. & van der Merwe, A. (2018). Speech Development in Three-year-old Children Acquiring isiXhosa and English in South Africa. Chapter in Babatsouli, E., Ingram, D. & Muller, N. (Eds). Cross-linguistic Encounters in Language Acquisition: Typical and Atypical Development. Multilingual Matters, Bristol.

Tchoungui Oyono, L., Pascoe, M. & Singh, S. (2018). The prevalence of speech and language disorders in French-speaking preschool children from Yaounde, Cameroon. Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, doi: 10.1044/2018_jslhr-l-16-0400.

Rossouw, K. & Pascoe, M. (2018). Intervention for bilingual speech sound disorders: Description of an isiXhosa-English speaking child. South African Journal of Communication Disorders, 65(1), a566. https://doi. org/10.4102/sajcd.v65i1.566

Pascoe, M. & Mahura, O. (2017). Acquisition of South African English by three- to five-year-old children in Cape Town. In E. Babatsouli (ed.), Proceedings of the International Symposium on Monolingual and Bilingual Speech 2017 (pp. 234–240). ISBN: 978-618-82351-1-3. URL: http://ismbs.eu/publications-2017

McLeod, S., Verdon, S., & International Expert Panel on Multilingual Children’s Speech including Pascoe, M. (2017). Tutorial: Speech assessment for multilingual children who do not speak the same language(s) as the speech-language pathologist. American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, 26, 691–708. doi:10.1044/2017_AJSLP-15-0161

Pascoe, M., Rossouw, K., Fish, L., Jansen, C., Manley, N., Powell, M. & Rosen, L. (2016). Speech processing and production in two-year-old children acquiring isiXhosa: A tale of two children. South African Journal of Communication Disorders. Special edition: Language acquisition and impairment in the African Languages, 63, 1–16.

Pascoe, M. & McLeod, S. (2016). Cross-Cultural Adaptation of the Intelligibility in Context Scale for South Africa. Child Language Teaching and Therapy 32(3), 327–343. DOI: 10.1177/0265659016638395.

Pascoe, M., Bissessur, D. & Mayers, P. (2016). Mothers’ perceptions of their premature infant’s communication: a description of two cases. Journal of Interdisciplinary Health Sciences, 21, 143–154.

Mahura, O. & Pascoe, M. (2016). The acquisition of Setswana segmental phonology in children aged 3;0 – 6;0 years: A cross-sectional study. International Journal of Speech Language Pathology http://dx.doi.org/10.3109/17549507.2015.1126639

Nadler-Nir, E. & Pascoe, M. (2016). Language-based Literacy Interventions. Chapter in G. Reid & L. Peer (Eds), Multilingualism, Literacy and Dyslexia. Taylor & Francis, Routledge, UK.