[lg policy] Ghana: Dean calls for national education dialogue on language policy

Harold Schiffman hfsclpp at GMAIL.COM
Wed Jul 2 16:18:38 UTC 2014

Dean calls for national education dialogue on language policy
1st July, 2014 Printable Version
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 [image: Dr Charles Owu-Ewie]
Dr Charles Owu-Ewie
Accra, July 1, GNA – Dr Charles Owu-Ewie, Dean of the Faculty of Language
Education, University of Education, Winneba, has called for a national
education dialogue on language policy.

This, he said, would promote teaching of literacy and language acquisition
in both the local languages (L1) and English Language (L2).

Dr Owu-Ewie was speaking to Ghana News Agency in Accra on Monday at the
sideline of the launch of the Ghana Education Service Integrated Approach
to Literacy Teachers’ Guides for kindergarten one to primary three.

He said an effective L1 is essential for the nation to have a firm
foundation for literacy and the development of children.

He said research had shown that L1 would transfer into an effective L2,
adding that a child needs to develop fully in the L1 before he/she could
develop in the L2.

The Dean recounted that most students pursing education at the tertiary
institutions did not learn the L1 at the senior high school (SHS) level,
which makes the situation compounded.

He indicated that, if the teacher trainee is not well trained in the L1, it
would have a very serious impact on the pupils they teach.
Dr Owu-Ewie said there is the need for L1 to be made a core subject at the
SHS level so that students who would be pursuing

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