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Title:Teaching Shona in English/Shona: ideological challenges and implications: whither University of Zimbabwe (UZ) and Masvingo State University (MASU)?
Authors:Chapanga, EvansISNI
Makamani, RewaiISNI
Year:2006
Periodical:Zimbabwe Journal of Educational Research (ISSN 1013-3445)
Volume:18
Issue:3
Period:December
Pages:383-397
Language:English
Notes:biblio. refs.
Geographic terms:Zimbabwe
Southern Africa
Subjects:languages of instruction
higher education
Shona language
English language
education
Shona language--Study and teaching
Abstract:This paper investigates ideological challenges and implications associated with two models in the teaching and learning of Shona at university level. The University of Zimbabwe (UZ) model involves the use of English as a medium of instruction for Shona courses while Masvingo State University (MASU) pedagogy employs Shona for the same purpose. Both approaches raise fundamental pedagogical and linguistic issues conceptualized within the framework of broad diglossia, functionalist and bilingual education perspectives. Data was gathered through participant observation, interviews and questionnaires. Proponents in favour of Shona argue that it is a carrier of culture, pride, consciousness, value systems; fosters a participatory approach to development; and offers a window for decolonization and total emancipation. Those in favour of English highlight its expressiveness and utility in the global context. However, it is argued that all languages are equally expressive and as such Shona can be used for pedagogical purposes at any level of education. At the moment, researchers, policymakers and other relevant stakeholders should make concerted efforts in language planning, curricular designing and policy formulation in order to empower indigenous languages and hence indigenous people, their value systems and developmental potential. Bibliogr., sum. [Journal abstract]
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