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ERIC Number: EJ908119
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 28
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 27
ISSN: ISSN-1542-7587
Language Practices and Perceptions: A Case Study of Six South African Teachers
Thomson, Carol; Stakhnevich, Julia
Critical Inquiry in Language Studies, v7 n4 p270-297 2010
Using a critical perspective as its framework, this article reports on a case study that explored language practices and perceptions of six South African teachers who participated in a professional development workshop entitled "Language Across the Curriculum." The study reveals the conflicting attitudes of the teachers toward the role of language in education and demonstrates that in contexts where the vast majority of learners do not have English as their mother tongue, a recourse to, and engagement with, the mother tongue becomes an unavoidable pedagogical necessity. Moreover, the data provide evidence to support our argument that even when working against dominant social discourses about language and race, often teachers implicitly re-inscribe them through their own discursive practices. (Contains 6 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: South Africa