[lg policy] students and staff as part of new language policy By Nokulunga Xala - MAY 24, 2019 Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Following the government identifying the need to promote other languages at higher education facilities, and as part of the University of Cape Town’s (UCT) new language policy, the institution will now offer an isiXhosa short course to staff and students for free. According to IOL News, an Afrikaans short course was also introduced to the campus community for the first time this year. “Our language policy is clear, we want students to be well-rounded, to fit into the societies they will be part of after university. In the world right now there are over 6 000 languages spoken, and a third of those languages are spoken on this continent,” said UCT multilingualism education project coordinator, Professor Mbulungeni Madiba. Furthermore Madiba said that isiXhosa was selected as the university’s language of choice and the institution was committed to providing

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Sat May 25 10:19:35 EDT 2019


students and staff as part of new language policy
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MAY 24, 2019
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Following the government identifying the need to promote other languages at
higher education facilities, and as part of the University of Cape Town’s
(UCT) new language policy, the institution will now offer an isiXhosa short
course to staff and students for free.

According to IOL News
<https://www.iol.co.za/capetimes/news/uct-offering-staff-students-free-isixhosa-course-23869189>,
an Afrikaans short course was also introduced to the campus community for
the first time this year.

“Our language policy is clear, we want students to be well-rounded, to fit
into the societies they will be part of after university. In the world
right now there are over 6 000 languages spoken, and a third of those
languages are spoken on this continent,” said UCT multilingualism education
project coordinator, Professor Mbulungeni Madiba.

Furthermore Madiba said that isiXhosa was selected as the university’s
language of choice and the institution was committed to providing students
and staff with additional learning opportunities in the language since 2006.

According to the Professor, research indicates that many of the world’s
languages are in danger of extinction.

“At Least one language dies every week, and when a language dies, cultures,
traditions and philosophies go with it. it for this reason that the need to
preserve all languages has increased dramatically,” concluded Madiba.
[Source – IOL News
<https://www.iol.co.za/capetimes/news/uct-offering-staff-students-free-isixhosa-course-23869189>]
[Image – SABC News
<http://www.sabcnews.com/sabcnews/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/SABC-News-UCT-Logo.jpg>
]

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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
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