Proceedings of the 14 th Norddeutsches Linguistisches Kolloquium 2013 in Halle an der Saale
Edited By Anne Ammermann, Alexander Brock, Jana Pflaeging and Peter Schildhauer
The Importance of Language Attitudes Regarding First-Language-Based Education in South Africa. Case Study in Gauteng and Northwest Province
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The Importance of Language Attitude Regarding First-Language-Based Education in South Africa. Case Study in Gauteng and North-West Province
Michael M. Kretzer
“One nation, many languages – Setshaba se le sengwe sa dipuo tse dintsi”. This slogan of the Pan South African Language Board (PanSALB) shows the aim of the South African language policy, which is also defined in Article 6 of the constitution. Language policy consists of the tripartite division into language practice, language attitude and language management. These three areas of language policy correspond with and influence each other. In particular, language attitude is very difficult to define and quantify as it can be overt, but is mostly covert. This paper concentrates on the influence of language attitudes regarding the use of First Language (L1) as a medium of instruction.