[lg policy] bibitem: Assessing the introduction of Angolan indigenous languages in the educational system in Luanda: a language policy perspective

Harold Schiffman hfsclpp at GMAIL.COM
Sat Mar 3 16:29:07 UTC 2012

Assessing the introduction of Angolan indigenous languages in the
educational system in Luanda: a language policy perspective

Augusto, Antonio Filipe
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10539/11378
Date: 2012-02-29


The aim of this study was to find out the agenda behind language
policy in Angola, and in particular it assesses the introduction of
the Angolan indigenous languages in the Angolan educational system in
Luanda and why the chosen languages and not others, as well as
providing my contribution as a teacher and researcher in the matters
of educational language policy. To do so, it analysed two most
relevant policy documents that provides legal support to the policy
and three newspaper articles that reacted to this issue. A broad
review of literature on the impact of colonial and post-colonial
language ideologies in the country, including the historicity of the
policy makers was done. Qualitative research tools were used to gather
and analyse the data. Fifteen interviews and questionnaires were
conducted to gather the views of grassroots and the policy
implementers. This research was the first study in this field in
Angola. The study found that Kimbundu is being also being used as a
medium of instruction in Luanda where children have Portuguese as
their first language which is the opposite of what the policy UNESCO’s
persuasive campaign for mother-tongue education and the government
claims was happening. Furthermore, the research established that there
is a parallel between the Angolan colonial and post-colonial language
policies. Therefore, I conclude that by doing the inverse there is a
government hidden agenda behind the policy which is to preserve
Portuguese colonial language ideology and maintain social
discrimination on the basis of language. Hence, I recommended that the
government reviewed the whole set of strategies applied to implement
the policy by using more inclusive practices.


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