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South Africa’s evolving language policy: Educational implications


Bostock, WW, South Africa's evolving language policy: Educational implications, Journal of Curriculum and Teaching, 7, (2) pp. 27-32. ISSN 1927-2677 (2018) [Refereed Article]


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DOI: doi:10.5430/jct.v7n2p27


South Africa is facing the challenge of creating a viable nation from a situation of interplay between diverse racial, ethnic and linguistic forces. This article discusses the implications for education of the evolving picture of language policy as South Africa addresses the task of nation-building. Language policy is important because of its key role in developing and maintaining identity, particularly that of emerging generations. The results of a bad language policy can be violence and civil war. Language policy, particularly in education, can be instrumental therefore in building a harmonious nation.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:South Africa, language policy, education, nation-building
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Curriculum and pedagogy
Research Field:Curriculum and pedagogy not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in human society
UTAS Author:Bostock, WW (Dr William Bostock)
ID Code:128143
Year Published:2018
Deposited By:Office of the School of Social Sciences
Deposited On:2018-09-05
Last Modified:2018-12-03
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