[lg policy] bibitem: Language policy in Morocco: Problems and prospects of teaching Tamazight

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Language policy in Morocco: Problems and prospects of teaching Tamazight
Author: Mohammed Errihani
DOI: 10.1080/13629380600704803

Published in:  The Journal of North African Studies, Volume 11, Issue
2 June 2006 , pages 143 - 154


The present paper examines the new language policy of teaching Berber
(Tamazight) in Moroccan schools, which came into effect in the fall of
2003 when Tamazight was for the first time introduced in some 300
elementary schools across the country. This study aims primarily at
discussing the status of this language policy while it is still in its
initial stages of implementation. The findings discussed here are
based on a qualitative research conducted in Morocco around the end of
2004 and the beginning of 2005. The data was collected mostly through
interviews and classroom observation. The interviews were conducted
with several members of IRCAM, representatives of the Ministry of
Education, inspectors and teachers of Tamazight, high school teachers,
university professors as well as a large sampling of the Moroccan
population, both Arabs and Imazighen. The classroom observations,
which included both levels one and two of Tamazight, took place in
several elementary schools, mostly in the region of Fez.

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