Minding the gaps – an investigation into language policy and practice in four Eastern Cape districts

Probyn, M.J. and Murray, S.R. and Botha, L. and Botya, P. and Brookes, M. and Westphal, Vivian (2002) Minding the gaps – an investigation into language policy and practice in four Eastern Cape districts. Perspectives in Education, 20 (1). pp. 29-46. ISSN 0258-2236



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South Africa's new Language in Education Policy (LiEP) has been described as one of the most progressive in the world but few schools have implemented it. This article describes research that investigates the gap between the policy goals and what is actually happening in schools in four districts in the Eastern Cape. The research attempts to make explicit community and school language practices and the factors that support or frustrate the formation and enactment of a school language policy in these four linguistically diverse sites. It appears that school governing bodies are not well equipped to make decisions about school language policy which meet the requirements of the national LiEP and economic imperatives to acquire English override considerations of multilingualism and additive bilingualism as expressed in the policy.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:education; bilingualism; case studies; English language; Language in Education Policy; Language policy; language practices; medium of instruction; Mother tongue education; multilingual education; Primary schools; Xhosa language; Eastern Cape; South Africa
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Divisions:Faculty > Faculty of Education > Education
Research Institutes and Units > Institute for the Study of English in Africa (ISEA)
ID Code:1449
Deposited On:19 Aug 2009
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