Using English only in the South African English classroom?

Gary P. Barkhuizen


Decisions made about language choice in educational settings are not easy to make: teaching
contexts throughout the country are very different, and massive changes in the national
language and language-in-education policies have taken place. The inherent power of English
and attitudes to all South African languages are also determining factors. This article
examines the place of home languages other than English in the English classroom in South
Africa. Contextual factors for considering the English only/home language issue are presented
The attitudes of student English teachers with regard to the use of the home language in their
foture English classes are then examined This exploratory study reveals a difforence in
attitude towards the acceptability of home language use between teachers who are themselves
English speakers and those who are not.
Besluite oor taalkeuse in die onderwys is 'n moeilike saak weens die konteksverskille in die
land Groat beleidsveranderinge op nasionale vlak en t. o. v. taal in die onderwys het
plaasgevind. Die inherente mag van Engels en houdings teenoor a/le Suid-Afrikaanse tale is
verdere bepalende faktore. Hierdie artikel ondersoek die plek van 'n ander huistaal as Engels
in die Engels-klaskamer in Suid-Afrika. Kontekstuele faktore vir die oorweging van Engels as
enigste taal!huistaal word gebied Die houdings van studente-Engelsonderwysers t.o.v. die
gebruik van huistaal in hul toekomstige Engels-klasse word ondersoek. Hierdie verkennende
studie toon 'n houdingsverskil teenoor die aanneemlikheid van huistaalgebruik tussen
onderwysers wat self Engelssprekend is en die wat nie is nie.

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