Mother-tongue education in a multilingual township: Possibilities for recognising lok’shin lingua in South Africa

Reading & Writing


 
 
Field Value
 
Title Mother-tongue education in a multilingual township: Possibilities for recognising lok’shin lingua in South Africa
 
Creator Sibanda, Rockie
 
Subject Education Dialect; home language; lok’shin lingua; langscape; township; mother tongue; multilingual; standard language.
Description Background: Mother-tongue education in South African primary schools remains a challenge to policymakers. The situation is problematic in multilingual lok’shin (township) schools where the lok’shin lingua is not recognised as ‘standard’ language. This article raises the controversial possibility of positioning of lok’shin lingua in a formal education langscape.Objectives: The article’s first purpose is to highlight recent international and local research which depicts controversies surrounding mother tongue instruction in primary schools. The second purpose is to conceptualise lok’shin lingua as a dialect present in children’s everyday vocabulary.Method: Data was gathered through a qualitative approach using interviews. The interviews were conducted with parents and educators at a township in South Africa.Results: Findings show notable differences in school language of instruction and the languages children speak outside school.Conclusion: Mother tongue teaching is problematic as it is incongruent with learners’ language repertoires. Therefore, a call is made for the recognition of lok’shin lingua in educational contexts as a way to promote more research into mother-tongue education.
 
Publisher AOSIS Publishing
 
Contributor Faculty of Humanities, University of Johannesburg
Date 2019-08-29
 
Type info:eu-repo/semantics/article info:eu-repo/semantics/publishedVersion — Interviews
Format text/html application/epub+zip text/xml application/pdf
Identifier 10.4102/rw.v10i1.225
 
Source Reading & Writing; Vol 10, No 1 (2019); 10 pages 2308-1422 2079-8245
 
Language eng
 
Relation https://rw.org.za/index.php/rw/article/view/225/543 https://rw.org.za/index.php/rw/article/view/225/542 https://rw.org.za/index.php/rw/article/view/225/544 https://rw.org.za/index.php/rw/article/view/225/541
 
Coverage — — African
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