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Title:Language of learning and teaching in a multilingual school environment: what do teachers think?
Authors:Van der Walt, ChristaISNI
Klapwijk, Nanda
Periodical:Language Matters: Studies in the Languages of Africa (ISSN 1753-5395)
Geographic term:South Africa
Subjects:languages of instruction
language policy
educational policy
External link:https://doi.org/10.1080/10228195.2015.1050058
Abstract:One of the enduring problems of South African educational policy changes in the past 20 years is the fact that curricula, legislation and policies have changed radically while the staff complement has remained relatively stable. Despite a progressive national language policy, schools have increasingly introduced English as the sole language of learning and teaching (LoLT), preferably from the earliest grades. In all the debate about the 'best' language of learning and teaching, however, there seems to be a missing voice: that of the teacher. Using an analytical framework developed by Richard Baldauf, this study shows how a focus on micro level language planning activities is important for teacher development and language policy implementation. When debating language issues, particularly the language of learning and teaching, teachers do not have a big enough say or may not be fully aware of alternative models for multilingual classes. This study brings the teacher's voice to the language policy debate. The results show that teachers are keenly aware of the multilingual context and their views and decision-making processes reflect this awareness. App., bibliogr., sum. [Journal abstract]