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Naidoo, Shamila; Gokool, Roshni; Ndebele, Hloniphani – Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development, 2018
The Minister of Higher Education, Blade Nzimande's, call on the 5th of April 2011 for South African universities to implement a policy which saw all university graduates exiting with a credit in an African language was the catalyst for the University of KwaZulu-Natal's decision to implement a compulsory isiZulu module for all non-mother tongue…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Compulsory Education, African Languages, College Second Language Programs
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Posel, Dorrit; Zeller, Jochen – Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development, 2016
In the post-apartheid era, South Africa has adopted a language policy that gives official status to 11 languages (English, Afrikaans, and nine Bantu languages). However, English has remained the dominant language of business, public office, and education, and some research suggests that English is increasingly being spoken in domestic settings.…
Descriptors: Language Skill Attrition, African Languages, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning
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Banda, Felix; Peck, Amiena – Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development, 2016
We draw on Rampton's "Crossing: Language and Ethnicity Among Adolescents" (2014. 2nd ed. New York: Routledge) notion of "crossing" to explore contestations in ethnolinguistic, cultural and racial affiliations at the University of the Western Cape (UWC), a university built for "Coloureds" in apartheid South Africa, but…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Multilingualism, Self Concept, Cultural Pluralism
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Antia, Bassey E. – Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development, 2015
This article offers a narrative of the University of the Western Cape, South Africa, from the prism of the duality of language as a co-modality (with people, protest, policy and practices) for constituting the institution in whole or in part and as a reflection of its co-modalities. For its framing, the narrative eclectically draws on language…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Universities, Language Planning, Racial Segregation
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Coetzee-Van Rooy, Susan – Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development, 2014
The academic and public debates about language maintenance and language shift in the post-1994 South Africa distract attention from the more productive and important endeavour of explaining the nature of the multilingualism observed among users of African languages in urban contexts. An explanation for this phenomenon is offered here, based on…
Descriptors: Multilingualism, African Languages, Foreign Countries, Surveys
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Hefer, Esté – Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development, 2013
Subtitling is a valuable tool for improving literacy and aiding language learning, but what happens when people are unable to read the subtitles? In a recent study on the reading of second language subtitles, participants were shown a subtitled short film while their eye movements were recorded by an SMI iViewX Hi-Speed eye tracker. It was found…
Descriptors: Television, Translation, African Languages, English (Second Language)
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Edwards, Viv; Ngwaru, Jacob Marriote – Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development, 2011
The South African constitution and related legislative tools provide a supportive framework for multilingual education. Successful implementation, however, requires appropriate learning materials and questions remain as to the vision and commitment of publishers to producing them. Based on an analysis of currently available books for children and…
Descriptors: African Languages, Reading Materials, Publishing Industry, Multilingualism
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Wee, Lionel – Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development, 2010
The unavoidability of language makes it critical that language policies appeal to some notion of language neutrality as part of their rationale, in order to assuage concerns that the policies might otherwise be unduly discriminatory. However, the idea of language neutrality is deeply ideological in nature, since it is not only an attempt to treat…
Descriptors: Language Planning, Ethnic Groups, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning
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Paxton, Moragh Isobel Jane – Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development, 2009
This article describes a multilingual glossary project in the economics department at the University of Cape Town which gave multilingual students learning economics through the medium of English, opportunities to discuss new economic concepts in their home languages in order to broaden and enrich understanding of these new concepts. The findings…
Descriptors: African Languages, Textbooks, Economics Education, Economics
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Mesthrie, Rajend – Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development, 2008
This paper critically examines one particular issue against the background of changes in South Africa's higher education system consequent upon the advent of a non-racial democracy--the possibility of implementing multilingual instructional polices that include indigenous African languages in its universities. Currently, a great deal of applied…
Descriptors: African Languages, Higher Education, Semantics, Democracy
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Dyers, Charlyn – Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development, 2008
The dominance of English in particular domains of language use in South Africa, such as higher education and the economy, has led to the fear that other languages may be threatened by an increasing shift to English in all domains, especially among the young. However, this paper reveals the strong vitality of the mother tongues in the intimate…
Descriptors: Language Maintenance, Working Class, Multilingualism, Foreign Countries
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Bangeni, Bongi; Kapp, Rochelle – Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development, 2007
This paper draws on post-structuralist theories on language and identity to explore the shifting language attitudes of 15 "black" students over the course of their undergraduate studies at a historically "white" South African university. All the students speak an indigenous language as their first language. Those students who…
Descriptors: Racial Segregation, Language Attitudes, Foreign Countries, Ethnicity
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Louw, P. Eric – Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development, 2004
The apartheid state deliberately encouraged linguistic diversity and actively built cultural infrastructures which impeded Anglicisation. With the end of apartheid has come "de facto" Anglicisation. So although South Africa has, since 1994, had 11 official languages, in reality, English is swamping the other 10 languages. Afrikaans has,…
Descriptors: Racial Segregation, Official Languages, Foreign Countries, Social Change
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Chick, J. Keith – Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development, 2002
Reports on aspects of an ethnographic study carried out in six newly integrated schools in post-aparthied South Africa. Presents evidence that these schools are sites of struggle between competing discourses that construct, maintain, and change social identities in these communities and the wider society. (Author/VWL)
Descriptors: Educational Policy, Elementary Secondary Education, English (Second Language), Ethnography
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Barkhuizen, Gary P.; de Klerk, Vivian – Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development, 2002
Reports on a study that investigated the role and status of Xhosa in a prison located in Grahamstown, a large town in the Eastern Cape province of South Africa. Explored the extent to which members of the prison were aware of language policy, especially with regard to the role and status of Xhosa. (Author/VWL)
Descriptors: Correctional Institutions, Foreign Countries, Language Role, Public Policy
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