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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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Malebese, Mots'elisi L.; Tlali, Moeketsi F.; Mahlomaholo, Sechaba – South African Journal of Childhood Education, 2019
Background: Learners from predominantly less priviledged South African schools encounter English as a language of teaching and learning for the first time in Grade 4. The transition from the use of home language to second language, namely English first additional language, is complexly related to the learners' inability to read text meaningfully.…
Descriptors: Inclusion, Grade 4, Elementary School Students, English Language Learners
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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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Sibanda, Lucy; Graven, Mellony – South African Journal of Childhood Education, 2018
Background: The underperformance of South African learners in literacy and numeracy is a source of concern, especially when learners move from Grade 3 to Grade 4. Aim: This article reflects on the reading and comprehension challenges of English language learners (ELLs) in the Grade 4 2013 mathematics Annual National Assessments (ANAs). Setting:…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Reading Comprehension
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van der Merwe, Dean – South African Journal of Childhood Education, 2018
Background: In the intermediate phase of schooling, learners' academic success is largely dependent on their ability to read and write academic texts. Teachers need to teach academic language intentionally and explicitly. In order for teachers to do this, they themselves need knowledge of academic language and its features. Teacher education…
Descriptors: Academic Discourse, Language Proficiency, Case Studies, Teacher Education Programs
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Nel, Carisma – South African Journal of Childhood Education, 2018
Making decisions about English reading instruction is as core a component to teaching as providing the instruction itself. When providing support to learners at risk for poor reading outcomes, for which currently there is a large percentage in South Africa, it is especially important to ensure that the decisions that are made have the highest…
Descriptors: Reading Achievement, Literacy, Decision Making, Reading Instruction
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van Vuuren, Eurika N. Jansen – South African Journal of Childhood Education, 2018
The arts as a pedagogic medium can be an important tool for language learning, and yet many teachers avoid it, often because of a lack of confidence. The main purpose of this study was to explore the possibility of generalist educators, as opposed to art specialists, using the arts successfully as a cross-curricular tool to accelerate English…
Descriptors: Art Education, Grade 4, Elementary School Students, Foreign Countries
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Pretorius, Elizabeth J.; Stoffelsma, Lieke – South African Journal of Childhood Education, 2017
In this article, we report on a study that examined the active and receptive English vocabulary of two different groups of Grade 3 learners in South African township schools. The groups consisted of English Home Language (HL) learners in the Western Cape and Xhosa HL and English First Additional Language (FAL) learners in the Eastern Cape. The…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Vocabulary Development, Receptive Language, Expressive 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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Spaull, Nicholas – South African Journal of Childhood Education, 2016
The aim of this article is to exploit an unusual occurrence whereby a large group of South African grade 3 students were tested twice, 1 month apart, on the same test in different languages. Using a simplified difference-in-difference methodology, it becomes possible to identify the causal impact of writing a test in English when English is not a…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Grade 3, Literacy, Numeracy
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