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Title:Opportunity granted or denied: an analysis of teachers' implementation of English Language syllabus' learning objectives and the fate of Grade 10 ESL learners at public schools in Windhoek
Authors:Lyamine, Yolana
Mlambo, Nelson
Periodical:Journal for Studies in Humanities and Social Sciences (ISSN 2026-7215)
Geographic term:Namibia
Subjects:English language
language instruction
educational quality
Abstract:There is growing evidence that a lack of mastery of the English language causes negative academic consequences for learners. Poor performance of learners in national examinations in some countries, including Namibia, where English is the medium of instruction, has been attributed to low proficiency in English. Studies have also shown that there is often misalignment between what is intended to be taught in the classroom, and what is actually taught. Therefore, the purpose of this study is to explore whether teachers implemented intended Grade 10 ESL learning objectives, specifically in terms of content coverage in their classrooms. The study uses a mixed method sequential explanatory design. Quantitative data was collected by questionnaire from thirty teachers of English as Second Language (ESL) at public schools in Windhoek. For the qualitative phase of the study, four teachers were interviewed. The study reveals that teachers do not implement all the intended Grade 10 ESL learning objectives in their classrooms. This ultimately compromises learners' opportunity to learn and attain academic success. Bibliogr., sum. [Journal abstract]