Learning science through two languages in South Africa

Probyn, M.J. (2005) Learning science through two languages in South Africa. In: ISB4: Proceedings of the 4th International Symposium on Bilingualism. Cascadilla Press, Somerville, MA., USA, pp. 1855-1873. ISBN 978-1-57473-107-1



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[From the introduction]: South Africa is a multilingual country with eleven national languages - nine indigenous languages and the two former colonial languages of English and Afrikaans1 - recognised as official languages in the Constitution of 1996 (Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, 1996). Despite these provisions, since the democratic elections of 1994 English has expanded its position as the language of access and power with the relative influence of Afrikaans shrinking, and African languages effectively confined to functions of ‘home and hearth’. McLean and McCormick (1996: 329 in Mazrui 2002: 269) suggest that the constitutional recognition of 11 official languages in South Africa is largely 'intended and perceived as a symbolic statement and that for instrumental purposes, English remains the dominant language in South Africa'.

Item Type:Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords:Language-in-Education Policy; LiEP; African language speakers; Language of Learning and Teaching; LoLT; PANSALB; Xhosa home language speakers; cognitive academic language proficiency; code-switching; language policies; academic language skills; township schools; Grahamstown; South Africa
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Divisions:Research Institutes and Units > Institute for the Study of English in Africa (ISEA)
ID Code:1452
Deposited On:19 Aug 2009
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