ERIC Number: ED438707
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Education Policy and Language Learning for a Multilingual Society. Proceedings of a Conference (Hartebeespoort, South Africa, October 30-November 1, 1996).
Brown, David, Ed.
The purpose of this document is to help South African educational institutions adjust to a post-apartheid era, in which linguistic diversity is promoted and celebrated, by clarifying the emerging processes of language policy formulation and implementation. The new government decided against issuing a grand blueprint for a new national language policy. Instead, it decided to encourage a democratic and participatory process to explore the issue. Papers in the book are as follows. Section 1, "General Introduction," includes: "Process and Participation, Not Blueprints" (David Brown). Section 2, "The Legal Framework-the Constitution and Language in Education," includes: "The Constitution and the Bill of Rights: Their Implications for Language Education" (Matthew Chaskalson); and "The Legal Role of the Provinces in Language Policy and Education" (Brendan Barry). Section 3, "The Nature of Language Policy and Process: the Pan South African Language Board and the National Department of Education," includes: "Functions of the Pan South African Language Board" (Khethiwe Marais); and "Language Education Policy and the National Education Department" (Neville Alexander). Section 4, "Language Policy and Practice at School Level," includes: "The ELTIC [English Language Teaching Information Centre] Project" (Dodds Pule); "Researching the Language Context for Language Policy Decisions at School Level" (Sarah Slabbert); "Language Education and the Policy Process in KwaZulu-Natal" (Mervyn Ogle); and "Language as a Subject" (David Gough). Section 5, "Language Policy and the Publishing Industry," includes: "What Will Books Look Like? How Will We Teach? A Practical Look at Language Policies" (Kate McCallum). Two appendices are included: "Extracts from the South African Constitution" and "Extracts of Language Clauses in Provincial Education Legislation." (KFT)
Descriptors: African Languages, Apartheid, Bilingualism, Educational Policy, Elementary Secondary Education, Ethnic Groups, Foreign Countries, Indigenous Populations, Language Maintenance, Language Minorities, Language of Instruction, Policy Formation, Politics of Education, Public Policy, Second Language Instruction, Second Language Learning, Uncommonly Taught Languages
Education Policy Unit, University of Natal, Durban 4041, South Africa. Web site: http://www.sn.apc.org/sangonet/education/eup/natal.htm.
Publication Type: Collected Works - Proceedings
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Natal Univ., Durban (South Africa). Education Policy Unit.
Identifiers - Location: South Africa