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ERIC Number: EJ1106848
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0305-0068
Language Choice and Education Quality in Eastern and Southern Africa: A Review
Trudell, Barbara
Comparative Education, v52 n3 p281-293 2016
In 2014, UNICEF commissioned a review of language policy and education quality in the 21 countries of UNICEF's Eastern and Southern Africa Region. This paper examines findings from the review, related to the role of English and local languages in current education practice in the region. National language policies and implementation practices are examined, as is the mismatch between the two. The evident widespread use of English as the language of instruction in primary classrooms of Eastern and Southern Africa, even where the pupils do not speak English, generates two central questions: (1) Is English really the villain in this context?; and (2) Why do teachers and pupils in these classrooms have to choose one language or another as medium of instruction?
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Africa
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