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12 Mar 2020

Learners should be taught in their own languages, not only in English

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By Steven Gordon and Jaqueline Harvey Time of article published Mar 12, 2020
English is only one of 11 official languages spoken in South Africa. It’s currently the preferred language of education and is used in many of the nation’s schools. But most children entering the education system are not native English speakers and many are still in the process of learning English by the time they arrive at school.

The main language of instruction in education influences academic and career progress. Oral language proficiency is a foundational skill that’s required to develop the ability to read which in turn is required, together with writing, for all types of learning.

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