Acknowledging diversity: The need to promote African languages

Zubeida Desai


Multilingualism has become fashionable. However, the complexity of the concept is not
widely recognized. Multilingualism is best addressed by extending the use of African
languages beyond the fourth year at school. However, it is possible that this could
frustrate learning, since at present it is difficult to develop CALP abilities in the L2 via
the Ll, because of facts such as the low status of its speakers. Research should be done
into the BJCS and CALP abilities of the pupils concerned at std 4 and std 9 level to
determine the factors which influence language proficiency.
Multilinguisme het 'n modewoord geword, maar die kompleksiteit van die konsep word
nie allerwee begryp nie. Die beste manier om multilinguisme aan te spreek is om die
gebruik van Afrikatale te verleng tot na die vierde skooljaar. Dit is egter moontlik dat
so 'n stap leer kan belemmer, aangesien dit tans moeilik is om kognitiewelakademiese
taalbevoegdheid deur middel van die eerste taal in die tweede taal te ontwikkel omrede
faktore soos die lae status van sy sprekers. Die kognitiewe/akademiese taalbevoegdheid
en basiese interpersoonlike kommunikasievaardighede van die betrokke leerlinge op st
4- en st 9-vlak behoort nagevors te word om vas te stel watter faktore taalbevoegdheid

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