[lg policy] bibitem: Progress and challenges for language policy implementation at the University of KwaZulu-Natal

Harold Schiffman hfsclpp at GMAIL.COM
Fri Sep 24 18:57:33 UTC 2010

Progress and challenges for language policy implementation at the
University of KwaZulu-Natal

Authors: Nobuhle Ndimande-Hlongwaa; Robert J. Balfourb; Nhlanhla
Mkhizea; Charlotte Engelbrechta


The University of KwaZulu-Natal approved its bilingual language policy
in 2006 based on the framework of the National Language Policy for
Higher Education of 2002. The guiding principles of this policy
suggest that the university develops the use of isiZulu as a language
of instruction and communication, in line with recommendations of the
Ministerial Committee report, which investigated the development of
indigenous African languages as media of instruction in higher
education. The implementation of the bilingual policy began in 2008,
under the responsibility of the university's language board and
faculties. Whilst debates on the policy itself are endless, there are
foreseen challenges in its implementation. This is a case of
'acquisition planning' as in effect acquisition of isiZulu as a second
language will be expected from all the university staff and students.
The purpose of this article is to discuss some of these challenges and
to identify steps towards language policy implementation.


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