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Marais, Elma; Nel, Carisma; Dlavane, Dolly – South African Journal of Childhood Education, 2019
Background: Universities, specifically faculties of education, have the responsibility to ensure that student teachers are introduced to the complexities involved in planning conceptually sound, coherent and cohesive lessons. Objectives: The objectives of this study were to determine how prepared students teachers are to plan children's literature…
Descriptors: Case Studies, Questioning Techniques, Childrens Literature, African Languages
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Probert, Tracy N. – South African Journal of Childhood Education, 2019
Background: A large amount of evidence highlights the obvious inequalities in literacy results of South African learners. Despite this, a sound understanding of how learners approach the task of reading in the African languages is lacking. Aim: This article examines the role of the syllable, phoneme and morpheme in reading in transparent,…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, African Languages, Syllables, Phonemes
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Wilsenach, Carien – South African Journal of Childhood Education, 2019
Background: The role of phonological awareness (PA) in successful reading attainment in Northern Sotho has received some attention. However, the importance of developing an awareness to the different phonological grain sizes that underlie decoding (i.e. to different dimensions of PA) has not been established in this language. Aim: This study…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Phonological Awareness, Beginning Reading, Emergent Literacy
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Stoffelsma, Lieke – South African Journal of Childhood Education, 2019
Background: South African learners have performed consistently poorly in reading assessments. This paper addresses two key components in improving reading literacy: vocabulary development and teacher knowledge and skills required for quality vocabulary instruction. Aim: This small-scale exploratory study reports on the English vocabulary teaching…
Descriptors: Slum Schools, Vocabulary Development, Reading Tests, English (Second Language)
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Reed, Yvonne – South African Journal of Childhood Education, 2019
Background: In South Africa, and in many other African countries, official language-in-education policy supports the use of learners' primary language(s) in early schooling. In reality, texts in the language(s) of the former colonial power are dominant, with high-interest texts in languages familiar to young learners in short supply or…
Descriptors: Language of Instruction, Second Language Learning, Native Language, African Languages
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Schaefer, Maxine; Kotzé, Janeli – South African Journal of Childhood Education, 2019
Background: Many South African children attend African language medium of instruction (MOI) schools, learn English as an additional language and switch to English MOI three years later. There is still much to be researched about how a child's first and second language literacy develops over time in South Africa. Aim: This study aims to outline the…
Descriptors: Emergent Literacy, Beginning Reading, Reading Skills, Elementary School Students
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Saneka, Nora E.; de Witt, Marike – South African Journal of Childhood Education, 2019
Background: Social and economic aspirations held by parents can reflect a desire for their children to learn English as a second language. Bilingual education has the potential for empowering traditionally disadvantaged groups, particularly through competence in English, a language that positions identity with power, privilege and status, thus…
Descriptors: Barriers, Native Language, English (Second Language), Young Children
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Taukeni, Simon G. – South African Journal of Childhood Education, 2019
Background: One of the methods receiving the current attention in addressing poor performance and low learning achievements among lower primary school learners is through remedial teaching. The approach to provide remedial support was informed by Vygotsky's social development theory. Aim: The objective of this study was to support primary school…
Descriptors: Remedial Instruction, Elementary School Students, Social Development, Sociocultural Patterns
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Sibanda, Jabulani; Baxen, Jean – South African Journal of Childhood Education, 2018
Background: This article investigated the potential of Grade 3 English Second Language (ESL) teachers' vocabulary development practices to equip learners in English-deprived environments with English vocabulary requisite for transition to Grade 4 where English is the Language of Learning and Teaching and where learning to read gives way to reading…
Descriptors: Grade 3, Elementary School Teachers, Vocabulary Development, English (Second Language)
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Petersen, Nadine; Petker, Gadija – South African Journal of Childhood Education, 2017
This article reports on students' experiences of learning to work together in a childhood teacher education programme at a university in South Africa. We were interested in how students from diverse backgrounds, with little shared understanding of a model or framework for collaborative working, would find their footing and learn how to…
Descriptors: Teacher Education Programs, Service Learning, Cooperative Learning, Communities of Practice
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Fleisch, Brahm; Pather, Kamala; Motilal, Geeta – South African Journal of Childhood Education, 2017
There is growing evidence of systematic underachievement of South African primary school learners in reading in English as the first additional language. There is a small but growing literature that provides insights, that is, causes, patterns and prevalence, into this phenomenon. Through a secondary analysis of a spelling component of a literacy…
Descriptors: Spelling, Error Patterns, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning
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Kalinde, Bibian; Vermeulen, Dorette – South African Journal of Childhood Education, 2016
The influence that the use of a familiar language has on learning has long been explored with suggestions that a child's mother tongue is the most suited initial language of instruction in school. In Zambia, however, this is not the case as the majority of people think that young children should learn to speak in English as soon as possible…
Descriptors: Native Language, Music Education, African Languages, Singing
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van Staden, Surette; Bosker, Roel; Bergbauer, Annika – South African Journal of Childhood Education, 2016
This study utilised regression methods to explain Grade 4 reading literacy achievement taking into account discrepancies between the language of the test and home language for learners who participated in the South African preProgress in International Reading Literacy Study (prePIRLS) 2011. Grade 4 learners were tested across all 11 official…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Academic Achievement, Native Language, Language of Instruction
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Ramagosh, Refilwe; Joubert, Ina – South African Journal of Childhood Education, 2016
Teachers need creative strategies and techniques when teaching idioms in Setswana. However, they do not know what idioms are nor are they aware that through idioms cultural heritage can be preserved and that idioms can be taught as part of imaginative language, especially in Grade 3. As a result, teachers and learners in Grade 3 Setswana classes…
Descriptors: African Languages, Figurative Language, Grade 3, Elementary School Students
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Ramrathan, Labby; Mzimela, Jabu – South African Journal of Childhood Education, 2016
The skill of reading is regarded as the cornerstone of literacy learning in the foundation phase. Although it is the most complex skill to master, it forms part of literacy teaching. Most learners begin schooling without having any kind of exposure to reading. This lack of exposure introduces a number of challenges, which are consequently…
Descriptors: Reading Instruction, Grade 1, Literacy, Case Studies
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