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Title:High school learners' attitudes towards isiZulu in the Greater Durban area
Authors:Zungu, Phyllis JaneISNI
Pillay, RamaISNI
Periodical:Language Matters: Studies in the Languages of Africa (ISSN 1022-8195)
Geographic term:South Africa
Subjects:language instruction
Zulu language
Abstract:The purpose of this study was to examine learners' attitudes towards isiZulu at the former House of Delegates high schools, in view of them having the option of choosing between Afrikaans as a first additional language and isiZulu as a second additional language. A questionnaire comprising closed and open-ended questions was completed by Zulu mother-tongue learners and by non-Zulu-speaking learners. Survey results indicate that the majority of Zulu mother-tongue learners and non-Zulu learners have positive attitudes towards isiZulu. Many schools have developed their language policies in accordance with the stipulations of the Schools Act of 1996. In some schools, isiZulu is offered exclusively to Zulu mother-tongue learners; non-Zulu learners are not given a chance to learn the language - even if they show a desire to do so. Some Zulu mother-tongue learners stated that they were forced to study their mother tongue as a second additional language - a linguistic scenario they do not find challenging at all. App., bibliogr., sum. [Journal abstract]