Language policy and practice at CM Vellem and PJ Olivier primary schools

Fobe, Mila Pamella (2010) Language policy and practice at CM Vellem and PJ Olivier primary schools. Masters thesis, Rhodes University.




This study looks at language policy and practice at two Eastern Cape schools. It further explores the link between language learning and teaching. Language implementation strategies were the main focus of this study. The Language-in-education policy of the Republic of South Africa (1997) promotes the use of all nine African languages, which have been afforded the status of official languages. This study looks at the language teaching practices at two Grahamstown primary schools, where isiXhosa and Afrikaans have been used as media of instruction. Qualitative methods were used, and the study took the form of interpretive case studies. The purpose of using multiple case studies was to investigate the reality within the two sites selected. The two schools had two extreme situations, in the sense that one of the schools taught in the mother-tongue of Afrikaans, and the other school made a transition to using English as the medium of instruction three years after this study was initiated. The tools used for data gathering were interviews, classroom observations, and an analysis of documents from the Department of Education (DoE). Data was then presented and analysed. One of the findings of this research is that teachers are not well informed concerning South Africa’s Language-in-education policy. Furthermore, parents are not aware of the benefits of their children being taught in their first language.

Item Type:Thesis (Masters)
Uncontrolled Keywords:C.M. Vellem School, P.J. Olivier School, Public schools, South Africa, Grahamstown, Language policy, Language and education, Native language and education, Afrikaans language, Xhosa language, English language
Subjects:L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB1501 Primary Education
Divisions:Faculty > Faculty of Humanities > School of Languages > African Languages
ID Code:2156
Deposited By: Ms Chantel Clack
Deposited On:07 Nov 2011 09:46
Last Modified:06 Jan 2012 16:22
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