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ERIC Number: ED434530
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999
Pages: 20
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Bilingualism, Biliteracy, Classrooms and Identity Politics in Sub-Saharan Africa.
Omoniyi, Tope
A discussion of bilingualism, biliteracy, and the educational context of Sub-Saharan Africa has three areas of focus. The first is the argument that the school environment is a complex one for bilingual education, biliteracy, and socialization generally in this multiethnic area, and that ideology and literacy issues feed language politics at several levels in the region. The second is that in spite of institutional efforts, only functionally limited bilingualism is available to many people, due to differences in public practice and private desires. In addition to external pressures such as flow of capital and popular culture, which have their preferred languages, issues such as minority status, language status, social attitudes, and cultural values are factors in the development of bilingual identity, and explain why biliteracy does not always accompany bilingualism. The third argument is for a program of school bilingualism geared toward creating a responsible citizenry rather than developing bilingualism as an end in itself. Contains 46 references. (MSE)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Africa