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ERIC Number: EJ818869
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Sep
Pages: 28
Abstractor: As Provided
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ISSN: ISSN-0008-4506
Promoting Local Languages in Ugandan Primary Schools: The Community as Stakeholder
Tembe, Juliet; Norton, Bonny
Canadian Modern Language Review, v65 n1 p33-60 Sep 2008
The community is an important stakeholder in language education, and community views are critical for the successful implementation of new language policies. This article reports on a study on multilingual language policies conducted in two primary schools in two communities in eastern Uganda, one rural and one urban, from 2005 through 2006. The study focused on community responses to the new language education policy, which promotes the teaching of local languages in the first four years of schooling, using questionnaires, individual interviews, and focus-group discussions to collect data from the two communities, each linked to a local primary school. The findings show that in both communities, although participants were generally aware of the new local-language policy, they were ambivalent about its implementation in their school. They recognized the importance of local languages in promoting identity and cultural maintenance, but a higher priority was their children's upward mobility and the desire to be part of wider and more international communities. Further, while area languages such as Luganda and regional languages such as Kiswahili were perceived to have some benefits as languages of wider communication, it was English that received unequivocal support from both communities. The study concludes that parents and communities need to be better informed about the pedagogical advantages of instruction in the local language and that communities need convincing evidence that the promotion of local languages will not compromise desires for global citizenship.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Uganda