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ERIC Number: EJ911487
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Jan
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 28
ISSN: ISSN-1367-0050
Classroom Code-Switching in a Vanuatu Secondary School: Conflict between Policy and Practice
Willans, Fiona
International Journal of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism, v14 n1 p23-38 Jan 2011
English and French have been retained by Vanuatu's education system as the two media of instruction. Other languages are ignored and often explicitly banned by school policies. However, code-switching between the official and other languages is common, with particularly frequent use of Bislama, the national dialect of Melanesian Pidgin. While it is commonly thought that Bislama is only used in classrooms to compensate for inadequate levels of English, research carried out at one Anglophone secondary school reveals that this is not the case. Bislama is shown to be an additional learning resource, which students employ to help them complete academic tasks, making use of the natural tools of bilingualism that they possess. However, since code-switching conflicts with school language policy, such useful practices are often carried out covertly, and learning may actually thus be hindered by the language policy.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Vanuatu