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Title:Educational technologies for language teaching in Africa
Author:Afolayan, Adebisi
Periodical:Educafrica: Bulletin of the Unesco Regional Office for Education in Africa
Geographic term:Africa
Subjects:teaching methods
language instruction
African languages
Abstract:Very significant for the provision of appropriate educational technologies for language teaching in Africa is the continent's linguistic complexity. The languages to be supported for development by educational technologies may be seen as belonging to three potent categories: mother tongues (MTs), second languages (SLs) and foreign languages (FLs). It is only within a coherent and meaningful, hierarchically ordered set of policies (national ideology, national sociopoliticoeconomic policy, national language policy and national language education policy) that a meaningful programme for the adoption and use of educational technologies for language teaching can be developed. With respect to the roles expected from the various categories of languages within the national language education policy, it is clear that each category of language may require different categories of educational technologies. The author examines which of the four basic skills (listening, speaking, reading and writing) could be regarded as the primary targets in teaching MTs, SLs and FLs. This is followed by a classification of educational technologies according to three parameters: target skills (listening, speaking, reading and writing skills), degree of sophistication (ranging from simple technologies to very sophisticated ones such as computers), and nature of use (such as direct versus indirect use, use in close or distance teaching, use in curriculum planning). Bibliogr.