TITLE

Moedertaalonderrig en tweetalige onderwys -- perspektiewe op die voertaalvraagstuk in Suid-Afrikaanse skole

AUTHOR(S)
Snayers, J. H.; Du Plessis, L. T.
PUB. DATE
June 2006
SOURCE
Tydskrif vir Geesteswetenskappe;jun2006 Supplement, Vol. 46, p51
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The first language-in-education policy of South Africa provides for additive bilingual education, a form of bilingual education that assumes a prominent role for the mother tongue throughout the learner's school career, as opposed to subtractive (bilingual) education, where mother tongue instruction is phased out. This article places the current debate on mother tongue education in South Africa within the context of bilingual education. It investigates the role of mother tongue education in different models of bilingual education. Following international trends, the article distinguishes between weak models of bilingual education (which effectively lead to unilingualism) and strong models of bilingual education (which effectively lead to bilingualism and biliteracy). It also discusses two sets of principles that may contribute to strong bilingual education and investigates the presence of these within the South African education system. The article demonstrates that mother tongue instruction is an essential component in ensuring successful bilingual education in South Africa, and concludes with the recommendation that the need to redirect the current debate on language in schools should be recognised.
ACCESSION #
23077863

 

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