The comparative case study of the use of English and isiXhosa as medium of instruction in a grade five class

Mngqibisa, Mandla Daniel (2003) The comparative case study of the use of English and isiXhosa as medium of instruction in a grade five class. Masters thesis, Rhodes University.




The aim of this study was to compare the quality of oral interaction between a grade 5class and their teacher when either English or isiXhosa was used as medium ofinstruction in two different lessons and of their writing which arose out of the lessons. The research was carried out within the interpretive paradigm and took the form of a casestudy. The researcher took the stance of being a non-participant observer. A variety oftechniques were used to collect data, namely, piloting, video recording and transcribing lessons, observing and making field notes, questionnaires and an interview. The interview was recorded and transcribed by the researcher. The two lessons were transcribed and analysed. Also the learners’ writing was analysed. The findings of this study showed that learners have little competence in English compared to isiXhosa. As a result most of them used short and vague sentences when responding to and discussing pictures in English. They also used short and simple sentences when writing in English compared toisiXhosa. Although this is a small-scale study it is recommended that the school’s language policy is revised and teachers are equipped with necessary skills, which would help them teach English to second language learners effectively. It is also recommended that the learners’ first language continue to be well taught even if it is no longer the classroom language.

Item Type:Thesis (Masters)
Uncontrolled Keywords:Xhosa language, English, Language policy, Bilingual education
Subjects:L Education > L Education (General)
Divisions:Faculty > Faculty of Education > Education
ID Code:2333
Deposited By: Mrs Carol Perold
Deposited On:09 Jan 2012 13:44
Last Modified:09 Jan 2012 13:44
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