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ERIC Number: EJ789219
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 16
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1367-0050
Codeswitching in the Multilingual English First Language Classroom
Moodley, Visvaganthie
International Journal of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism, v10 n6 p707-722 2007
This paper focuses on the role of codeswitching (CS) by isiZulu (Zulu) native language (NL) junior secondary learners in English first language (EL1) multilingual classrooms in South Africa. In spite of the educational transformation in South Africa, and the recognition of CS (by education policy documents) as a means of fulfilling pedagogical objectives, the use of CS in the classroom, more particularly in the EL1 classroom, is mostly prohibited. Nevertheless, the research, from which this paper is drawn, reveals that learners resort to English-NL CS when interacting among themselves, both in and outside the classroom. Using a qualitative study, I explore the language(s) of learners during group-work in the language, literacy and communication: English (LLCE) classroom, and show how their use of CS contributes to the achievement of the specific outcomes of this learning area within the outcomes-based education curriculum. I argue that even though CS is mostly prohibited in the classroom, its strategic use by learners serves as a means of fulfilling both social and pedagogical functions.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Secondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: South Africa