ERIC Number: EJ1106877
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 53
Learning through the Medium of English in Multilingual South Africa: Enabling or Disabling Learners from Low Income Contexts?
Comparative Education, v52 n3 p343-358 2016
Increasingly, there is a growing move towards using global languages such as English as media of instruction. Does one swim against this growing tide or does one look at strategies to accommodate English in multilingual contexts such as prevail in South Africa? In this article I examine the debates in South Africa about the role of English in education. I argue that the success or otherwise of using English as a medium depends a great deal on the context learners and teachers find themselves in. This article explores the learning of English in three different contexts to illustrate ways in which to address issues of "quality, equity and social justice" with regard to the medium of instruction issue in differing contexts. It suggests that there may not be one solution for all contexts.
Descriptors: Language of Instruction, English (Second Language), Multilingualism, Low Income Groups, Language Role, Context Effect, Educational Quality, Equal Education, Social Justice, Student Writing Models, Educational Strategies, Change Strategies, Foreign Countries
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: South Africa