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Title:Proposals for a National Language for Ghana
Author:Owiredu, P.A.
Periodical:African Affairs: The Journal of the Royal African Society
Geographic term:Ghana
Subjects:indigenous languages
language policy
language instruction
Politics and Government
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/719644
Abstract:As to the practical aspects of developing a national language in Ghana the following proposals are put forward: I. The present policy of teaching English as a medium right from the start seems an easy way of getting quick language instruction for primary schools. This policy exaggerates the utilitarian function of language at the expense of its intrinsic value; II. If a vernacular is adopted as a medium, qualified teachers of English should teach English throughout the school as a second language, the balance of their work being shared by their colleagues. In addition the English teaching method should be revised. At the moment teaching is based on Oxford Readers which are 'teacher dominated' instead of being 'child centred'. Reading aids and reading material adapted for individual and groupwork is needed; III. In primary and middle schools one vernacular should be chosen by a properly-constituted regional education body as medium of instruction in certain subjects while reserving English for others.