'People's English' in South Africa: theory and practice

Butler, Ian (1993) 'People's English' in South Africa: theory and practice. Masters thesis, Rhodes University.

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Communicative Language Teaching, an approach to language teaching currently widely prescribed, has been criticised for its unquestioning acceptance of the cultural and political norms of the target language. People's English (an aspect of the larger People's Education movement), on the other hand, offers a philosophy and methodology that takes an actively critical view of language and its relationship to power. In the context of South African society, this stance has had clear political implications. Although still imprecisely defined , the concepts of People's Education and People's English have been debated and discussed by various ant-apartheid movements in recent years. Attempts have also been made to translate the evolving theory into practice through the development of materials and methodologies. This has been achieved on a relatively small scale, with varying degrees of success. Recent reform measures by the South African government have, however, prompted the proponents of People's Education to reassess their position. This thesis presents a historical overview and critical assessment of the development of People's English in South Africa.

Item Type:Thesis (Masters)
Uncontrolled Keywords:Communicative language teaching, People's English, People's education movement, Power, South Africa, Political implications, Apartheid, Assessment
Subjects:L Education > LB Theory and practice of education
P Language and Literature > PE English
Divisions:Faculty > Faculty of Education > Education
ID Code:3561
Deposited By: Philip Clarke
Deposited On:05 Oct 2012 12:40
Last Modified:05 Oct 2012 12:40
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