Learner perceptions of English language teaching in African high schools: implications for language policy

Abram L. Mawasha

Abstract


Are the most suitable teachers of a second language necessarily mother-tongue speakers
of that language? From a survey of responses of std 8, 9 and 10 African pupils of
English as a second language, it would seem that teachers of English who are not
mother-tongue speakers are automatically regarded as inferior. In this article, the
author considers the validity of 'South African English; and the role and relevance of
indigenous languages in education in a post-apartheid era. He uses data gained .from his
pilot study to elucidate issues such as the role of English in education in a multi-lingual
context and particularly the need for in-service training and improved initial training of
language teachers in South Africa.
Is die mees geskikte tweede taal-onderwysers noodwendig moedertaalsprekers van
daardie taal? Uit 'n oorsig van response van standerd agt, nege en tien swart tweede
taal Engels-leerlinge, blyk dit asof Engelsonderwysers wat nie moedertaalsprekers is nie
outomaties as minderwaardig beskou word. In hierdie artikel ondersoek die skrywer die
geldigheid van "Suid-Afrikaanse Engels" en die rol en relevansie van inheemse tale in
die onderwys in 'n post-apartheid tydperk. Hy gebruik data uit sy loodsstudie om sake
soos die rol van Engels in onderwys in 'n veeltalige konteks toe te lig en vera! die
behoefte aan in-diensopleiding en verbeterde aanvanklike opleiding van taalonderwysers
in Suid-A.frika.

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.5785/9-2-251

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