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Spaull, Nicholas; Pretorius, Elizabeth; Mohohlwane, Nompumelelo – South African Journal of Childhood Education, 2020
Background: Reading development in agglutinating African languages is a relatively underresearched area. While numerous studies highlight the low comprehension levels among learners reading in African languages in South Africa, little has been done to probe beneath this 'comprehension iceberg' in terms of decoding skills. Aim: As a tentative step…
Descriptors: Benchmarking, African Languages, Reading Fluency, Foreign Countries
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Cekiso, Madoda; Meyiwa, Thenjiwe; Mashige, Mashudu – South African Journal of Childhood Education, 2019
Background: The perception that educating learners using their mother tongue contributes positively to educational and learning outcomes is well documented. Aim: This study explores the purported benefits of employing the mother tongue in teaching Foundation Phase (FP) learners. Specifically, the study focuses on an examination of the experiences…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Elementary School Teachers, Teaching Experience, Language of Instruction
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Taukeni, Simon G. – South African Journal of Childhood Education, 2019
Background: One of the methods receiving the current attention in addressing poor performance and low learning achievements among lower primary school learners is through remedial teaching. The approach to provide remedial support was informed by Vygotsky's social development theory. Aim: The objective of this study was to support primary school…
Descriptors: Remedial Instruction, Elementary School Students, Social Development, Sociocultural Patterns
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Marais, Elma; Nel, Carisma; Dlavane, Dolly – South African Journal of Childhood Education, 2019
Background: Universities, specifically faculties of education, have the responsibility to ensure that student teachers are introduced to the complexities involved in planning conceptually sound, coherent and cohesive lessons. Objectives: The objectives of this study were to determine how prepared students teachers are to plan children's literature…
Descriptors: Case Studies, Questioning Techniques, Childrens Literature, African Languages
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Brink, Sonja; Nel, Carisma – South African Journal of Childhood Education, 2019
Background: In investigating the early reading literacy of a group of Setswana-speaking children who learnt to read in Afrikaans, cultural historical activity theory (CHAT) was chosen as a conceptual framework because of its proven utility value in helping researchers make sense of complex social systems. Aim: The application of this heuristic not…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, African Languages, Native Language, Indo European Languages
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Probert, Tracy N. – South African Journal of Childhood Education, 2019
Background: A large amount of evidence highlights the obvious inequalities in literacy results of South African learners. Despite this, a sound understanding of how learners approach the task of reading in the African languages is lacking. Aim: This article examines the role of the syllable, phoneme and morpheme in reading in transparent,…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, African Languages, Syllables, Phonemes
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Wilsenach, Carien – South African Journal of Childhood Education, 2019
Background: The role of phonological awareness (PA) in successful reading attainment in Northern Sotho has received some attention. However, the importance of developing an awareness to the different phonological grain sizes that underlie decoding (i.e. to different dimensions of PA) has not been established in this language. Aim: This study…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Phonological Awareness, Beginning Reading, Emergent Literacy
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Stoffelsma, Lieke – South African Journal of Childhood Education, 2019
Background: South African learners have performed consistently poorly in reading assessments. This paper addresses two key components in improving reading literacy: vocabulary development and teacher knowledge and skills required for quality vocabulary instruction. Aim: This small-scale exploratory study reports on the English vocabulary teaching…
Descriptors: Slum Schools, Vocabulary Development, Reading Tests, English (Second Language)
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Reed, Yvonne – South African Journal of Childhood Education, 2019
Background: In South Africa, and in many other African countries, official language-in-education policy supports the use of learners' primary language(s) in early schooling. In reality, texts in the language(s) of the former colonial power are dominant, with high-interest texts in languages familiar to young learners in short supply or…
Descriptors: Language of Instruction, Second Language Learning, Native Language, African Languages
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Schaefer, Maxine; Kotzé, Janeli – South African Journal of Childhood Education, 2019
Background: Many South African children attend African language medium of instruction (MOI) schools, learn English as an additional language and switch to English MOI three years later. There is still much to be researched about how a child's first and second language literacy develops over time in South Africa. Aim: This study aims to outline the…
Descriptors: Emergent Literacy, Beginning Reading, Reading Skills, Elementary School Students
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Saneka, Nora E.; de Witt, Marike – South African Journal of Childhood Education, 2019
Background: Social and economic aspirations held by parents can reflect a desire for their children to learn English as a second language. Bilingual education has the potential for empowering traditionally disadvantaged groups, particularly through competence in English, a language that positions identity with power, privilege and status, thus…
Descriptors: Barriers, Native Language, English (Second Language), Young Children
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Sibanda, Jabulani; Baxen, Jean – South African Journal of Childhood Education, 2018
Background: This article investigated the potential of Grade 3 English Second Language (ESL) teachers' vocabulary development practices to equip learners in English-deprived environments with English vocabulary requisite for transition to Grade 4 where English is the Language of Learning and Teaching and where learning to read gives way to reading…
Descriptors: Grade 3, Elementary School Teachers, Vocabulary Development, English (Second Language)
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Petersen, Nadine; Petker, Gadija – South African Journal of Childhood Education, 2017
This article reports on students' experiences of learning to work together in a childhood teacher education programme at a university in South Africa. We were interested in how students from diverse backgrounds, with little shared understanding of a model or framework for collaborative working, would find their footing and learn how to…
Descriptors: Teacher Education Programs, Service Learning, Cooperative Learning, Communities of Practice
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Fleisch, Brahm; Pather, Kamala; Motilal, Geeta – South African Journal of Childhood Education, 2017
There is growing evidence of systematic underachievement of South African primary school learners in reading in English as the first additional language. There is a small but growing literature that provides insights, that is, causes, patterns and prevalence, into this phenomenon. Through a secondary analysis of a spelling component of a literacy…
Descriptors: Spelling, Error Patterns, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning
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Kalinde, Bibian; Vermeulen, Dorette – South African Journal of Childhood Education, 2016
The influence that the use of a familiar language has on learning has long been explored with suggestions that a child's mother tongue is the most suited initial language of instruction in school. In Zambia, however, this is not the case as the majority of people think that young children should learn to speak in English as soon as possible…
Descriptors: Native Language, Music Education, African Languages, Singing
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