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.
Fieldwork was conducted between June 17th and September 8th 2012, by means of 27 semi-structured interviews. This was done through the principles of randomly chosen primary and secondary schools, lecturers at universities and Chief Executive Officer (CEOs) from educational NGOs in Gauteng and North-West Province.
On the one hand, main findings stress the relevance of language policy in each institution. On the other hand, the variety and complexity of attitudes is evident in the use of First Languages (L1) as a medium of instruction.
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