ERIC Number: EJ698056
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-May
Reference Count: N/A
Language Choice, Education and Community Identity
International Journal of Educational Development, v25 n3 p237-251 May 2005
This paper is an examination of the pedagogical and cultural impact of the PROPELCA (Operational Research Project for the Teaching of Cameroonian Languages) mother-tongue education program being implemented in the Bafut, Kom and Nso' language communities of the Northwest Province of Cameroon. Using research carried out in 2002-2003, the author compares the instructional quality and cultural relevance of the PROPELCA program with those of the standard English-medium primary classroom as found in those communities. The author argues that mother-tongue education can play a vital role in broader movements aimed at minority language development and improved educational effectiveness.
Descriptors: Program Effectiveness, Foreign Countries, Cultural Relevance, African Languages, Sociolinguistics, Developing Nations, Educational Development, Language of Instruction, Elementary Schools
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Publication Type: Journal Articles
Education Level: Elementary Education; Elementary Secondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Cameroon