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Sibanda, Rockie – Reading & Writing: Journal of the Reading Association of South Africa, 2019
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…
Descriptors: Multilingualism, African Languages, Native Language, Language of Instruction
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Gennrich, Toni; Dison, Laura – Reading & Writing: Journal of the Reading Association of South Africa, 2018
Often, at universities, it is assumed that students will automatically find their 'voice' after a period of exposure to the academic field. What is not understood fully are the struggles that students with different levels of preparedness have in finding and asserting their academic voice, particularly in the academic writing genres necessary for…
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Academic Discourse, Writing (Composition), Vocabulary
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Songxaba, Sister L.; Coetzer, Adriaan; Molepo, Jacob M. – Reading & Writing: Journal of the Reading Association of South Africa, 2017
This research reports on the findings regarding the perceptions of teachers towards creating space for the use of code switching as a teaching strategy in Afrikaans learning and teaching in the isiXhosa-speaking environments of the Transkei region. The aim of this investigation was to establish whether or not code switching can be used as a…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Code Switching (Language)
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Ntereke, Beauty B.; Ramoroka, Boitumelo T. – Reading & Writing: Journal of the Reading Association of South Africa, 2017
The ability to read and interpret textbooks and other assigned material is a critical component of success at university level. Therefore, the aims of this study are twofold: to evaluate the reading levels of first-year students when they first enter the university to determine how adequately prepared they are for university reading. It is also to…
Descriptors: Case Studies, Foreign Countries, Reading Comprehension, Undergraduate Students
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Probert, Tracy; de Vos, Mark – Reading & Writing: Journal of the Reading Association of South Africa, 2016
Word recognition is a major component of fluent reading and involves an interaction of language structure, orthography, and metalinguistic skills. This study examined reading strategies in isiXhosa and the transfer of these strategies to an additional language, English. IsiXhosa was chosen because of its agglutinative structure and conjunctive…
Descriptors: African Languages, English (Second Language), Language of Instruction, Word Recognition
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Hill, Margaret A. – Reading & Writing: Journal of the Reading Association of South Africa, 2015
Against a background that raises problems associated with the classification of languages in current South African curriculum policy, this article describes a programme based on a visual approach to writing, implemented in a farm school. The medium of instruction was English. The home languages of the teachers and learners were Afrikaans and…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Rural Schools, Rural Education, Language of Instruction
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Ukwuoma, Uju C. – Reading & Writing: Journal of the Reading Association of South Africa, 2015
This mixed questionnaire survey sought to determine if lecturers who learned to speak and understand Nigerian Creole before English are willing to use the language as medium of instruction. The respondents were comprised of 560 lecturers and graduate students (i.e. master's, doctoral) selected through a purposeful random sampling frame from 15…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Creoles, Questionnaires, Language of Instruction
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Wilsenach, Carien – Reading & Writing: Journal of the Reading Association of South Africa, 2015
This study explored receptive vocabulary size and early literacy skills (namely: letter naming, knowledge of phoneme-grapheme correspondences and early writing) in emergent bilingual Northern Sotho-English children. Two groups of Grade 1 learners were tested in both English and in Northern Sotho. Group 1 (N = 49) received their formal schooling in…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Grade 1, Elementary School Students, Receptive Language
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Ketsitlile, Lone; Commeyras, Michelle – Reading & Writing: Journal of the Reading Association of South Africa, 2014
The main purpose of this review on published information on reading in Botswana schools is to seek ways of providing instruction and assessment that result in children becoming proficient readers. Botswana has made impressive progress in literacy growth since independence. However, a lot still needs to be done if literacy is to become all that it…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Reading Instruction, Foreign Countries, African Languages
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Okebukola, Foluso; Owolabi, Tunde; Onafowokan, Beatrice O.A. – Reading & Writing: Journal of the Reading Association of South Africa, 2013
Recent studies and frequent news reports have expressed concerns about African children's decreasing reading habits and dwindling achievement in language and primary science examinations. African children are not reading because they have reading difficulties or because they have no interest in books. This article focuses on the elementary…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Reading Motivation, Elementary School Teachers, Teaching Methods
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Magogwe, Joel M. – Reading & Writing: Journal of the Reading Association of South Africa, 2013
This study explored metacognitive awareness level of University of Botswana students in the Faculty of Social Sciences. It also considered the more recent research focusing on the role of metacognitive awareness in reading and how it relates to proficiency. The following questions are addressed: (1) What are the self-reported reading proficiencies…
Descriptors: Metacognition, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Reading Strategies