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Title:Die debat oor die posisie van Afrikaans aan die Universiteit Stellenbosch: 'n ontleding = The debate about the position of Afrikaans at the University of Stellenbosch
Authors:Scholtz, LeopoldISNI
Scholtz, Ingrid
Periodical:Tydskrif vir geesteswetenskappe
Geographic term:South Africa
Subjects:languages of instruction
Afrikaans language
English language
Abstract:The debate about the place of Afrikaans and English as mediums of instruction at the University of Stellenbosch, South Africa, has been generating more heat than light since its beginnings in 2002. This article analyses the debate and establishes where and why the protagonists differ. Three representatives of both sides - those who fight for Afrikaans as the sole pregraduate medium of instruction and those who are in favour of bilingual instruction in Afrikaans and English - are compared. They are, on the one hand, Hermann Giliomee, Pieter Kapp and Christo van der Rheede, and on the other Chris Brink, Fanie Cloete and Edwin Hertzog. The first group maintains that double medium instruction necessarily leads to the demise of the weaker language, in this case Afrikaans; that the university does not even practise the minimum conditions for bilingualism in the class room; that the bilingual project is ideologically driven; and that it neglects the interests of the poor (coloured) Afrikaans-speaking students. The second group is of the opinion that the university's task is not to protect a language, but to foster academic excellence; that unilingual Afrikaans instruction places the university on a slippery slope towards parochialism and isolation; that a multicultural approach is better than cultural apartheid; and that the move towards English is necessary for racial transformation, given South Africa's apartheid past. The article argues that the 'unilingualists' appear to be academically on more solid ground than the 'multiculturalists'. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. in English and Afrikaans, text in Afrikaans. [ASC Leiden abstract]