[lg policy] Books promote comprehension of African languages

Harold Schiffman haroldfs at gmail.com
Mon Jan 29 10:25:56 EST 2018


- Books promote comprehension of African languages
Being able to read in their own African language also connects children to
their culture and heritage, while boosting their sense of self-esteem and
identity.
10 hours ago
Learners enjoying reading at Vula Bula Books.

While English is the language of business and necessary for entry into a
professional career, it is still important for your child to know how to
read an indigenous language.

One reason for this is it lays a strong foundation, giving them the
cognitive skills they need to learn English.

Being able to read in their own African language also connects children to
their culture and heritage, while boosting their sense of self-esteem and
identity.

The Vula Bula book series, published by the Molteno Institute for Language
and Literacy, is very effective in teaching your child to read an African
language proficiently.

Available to learners in Grades One to Three, these readers (books) offer a
range of entertaining stories for children in isiXhosa, isiZulu,
isiNdebele, Sesotho, Sepedi, Setswana, Xitsonga and Tshivenda.

The institute is currently in the process of producing readers in Siswati
and will publish books for children in grades higher than Grade Three in
the near future.

The Vula Bula African language graded reading series offers carefully
structured graded texts for early, emergent and fluent readers in
beautifully illustrated stories that are contextualised to the young
reader’s inner world and life experiences.

A learner reading a book.

Both short and simple, the readers contain predictable text to facilitate
and encourage reading for enjoyment.

Simple sentence structures and familiar vocabulary enable rapid reading
progress, while clear and detailed illustrations help to understand.

The graded readers can be used for shared, group, guided, paired and
independent reading. Several texts include facts about animals, friends and
family, places in our environment, and South Africa.

Stories encourage self-reflection, critical thinking and problem-solving.
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 Harold F. Schiffman

Professor Emeritus of
 Dravidian Linguistics and Culture
Dept. of South Asia Studies
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6305

Phone:  (215) 898-7475
Fax:  (215) 573-2138

Email:  haroldfs at gmail.com
http://ccat.sas.upenn.edu/~haroldfs/

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