ERIC Number: EJ830665
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 26
Language: The Gatekeeper of Humanity. Implications of South Africa's Language in Education Policies
May, Judy J.
Online Yearbook of Urban Learning, Teaching, and Research, p34-45 2007
English is perceived as the language of the powerful elite as well as a tool of oppression and dehumanization. English, as the medium of instruction in South Africa, functions as the barrier to full societal participation of native speakers (Webb, 2003, p.1) and the gatekeeper of humanity. This study combines historical and qualitative methods to examine the impact of South Africa's language in education policies. The author asserts that language is used as a weapon of oppression against those of different languages and cultures (Sarabia, 2003, p.2) perpetuating an unjust order with implications beyond the borders of the African continent.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Educational Policy, English, Language of Instruction, Social Discrimination, Language Role, Teacher Attitudes, Administrator Attitudes
AERA SIG: Urban Learning, Teaching, and Research. Tel: 323-343-4393; Web site: http://aera-ultr.org
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: South Africa