The strengths and weaknesses of the written English of black high school pupils

Erna Alant


This study attempts to identify some of the strengths and weaknesses of the English of
black high school pupils. A random sample of pupils from three classes in each of two
schools was selected and given a battery of tests consisting of essay writing, spelling,
word usage and punctuation. The method of evaluation of the test battery is
described. The results of the tests are outlined and suggestions for the development of
an intervention programme are given.
Hierdie artikel poog om sommige van die swakhede sowel as die sterk punte van die
Engels van swart hoerskoolleerlinge te identifiseer. 'n Ewekansige steekproef van
leerlinge van drie klasse in twee afsonderlike skole is gekies en 'n reeks toetse
bestaande uit opstel skryf, spel, woordgebruik en punktuasie is gegee. Die skryfster
beskryf die metode van evaluasie van die toetsreeks, skets die uitslae van die toets en
gee voorstelle vir die ontwikkeling van 'n intervensie-program.

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