An investigation of code switching in different learning areas in a grade seven class

Ndabeni, Bulelwa (2003) An investigation of code switching in different learning areas in a grade seven class. Masters thesis, Rhodes University.




The research described in this thesis is a case study cf the ccmmunicative repertcires cf teachers and learners cf a grade seven class in a small rural primary schocl. The aim cf the investigaticn was to. find cut if ccde switching is different in ccnten~ ~uhiect classes than in an English language class. The study acccmplishes this by lccking at ccde switching in different learning areas. Different research techniques such as cbservaticns, video. reccrding, taking cf field nctes and interviews are used as the means cf data ccllecticn. The study dces nct attempt a full linguistic descripticn cf the switches made by the research subjects. For example, it dces nct deal with linguistic ccnstraints cn ccde switching, but instead it fccuses cn the functicnal aspects cf co. de switching. The study reveals that there are varicus functicns cf ccde ~witching iii th~ classrccm. The fcllcwing are the majcr findings ncted in this study: • Ccde switching is a ccmmunicative rescurce, which enables the teachers and learners to. acccmplish a ccnsiderable number and range cf sccial and educaticnal cbjectives. • Ccde switching is used to. negctiate and renegctiate meaning. • Hcw teachers code switch in class depends on how difficult ~e lesson is for the learners. • The study reveals no major differences between code switching In content subjects than in English as a subject. • Although tbe subjects engage in code switching, they seem to feel guilty about their behaviour.

Item Type:Thesis (Masters)
Uncontrolled Keywords:Code-Switching, South Africa, Languages, Education, Bilingual, Linguistics
Subjects:L Education > L Education (General)
Divisions:Faculty > Faculty of Education > Education
Supervisors:Murray, Sarah
ID Code:3157
Deposited By: Mrs Carol Perold
Deposited On:25 Jul 2012 13:25
Last Modified:25 Jul 2012 13:25
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