[lg policy] bibitem: Trawling through language policy: practices and possibilities post-1994

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Trawling through language policy: practices and possibilities post-1994
Author: Penny Singha
Affiliation:    a Department of Media, Language and Communication, ML
Sultan Campus, Durban University of Technology, Durban, South Africa

DOI: 10.1080/09571730903208439
Publication Frequency: 3 issues per year
Published in:  Language Learning Journal, Volume 37, Issue 3 November
2009 , pages 281 - 291

This paper sets out to review 14 years of developments in language
policy and practice in South Africa under its new, democratic
Constitution. The paper begins with an overview of language policy
developments since 1994, with particular reference to the role of
English, of indigenous African languages and the learner in the
classroom. It examines how the language-in-education policy has been
implemented in various contexts. There follows a discussion of
possible ways forward. The central argument of this paper is that
language is a fundamental instrument in learners' educational
development and that the languages of instruction should facilitate
effective educational development and not obstruct it.

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