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Language education policy and its implementation in three schools in Windhoek, Namibia's capital city


2008 2008

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At independence, in March 1990, Namibia adopted English as its official language, replacing joint official English and Afrikaans, the lingua franca of the country. Unique to this decision was the historical absence of English in the country's colonial past, the small percentage of first language speakers of English, the minimal use of English in the education system and its virtual non-use as a language of communication.

Formal education was tasked with implementing a comprehensive language education policy within the framework of transitional bilingualism. The policy, which stipulates 'home language medium for the first three years with a phasing-in of English medium from the fourth year of primary education' has met with differential implementation in Namibian schools, affecting classroom practice and educational outcomes.

This study describes language policy implementation in the nation's capital city, Windhoek, in three schools that draw learners from markedly different socio-economic and linguistic backgrounds. The study offers an ethnographic description of how the teaching and teaming of English is accomplished and examines the current impact of policy on language use, language values and classroom practice.

Ethnographic research methods, including participant observation, interviews, focus group discussions, audio recordings, and questionnaires were utilized to understand Namibian perspectives on the choice for official English and its use as educational medium.

The study seeks to extend the present research literature on second-language English classrooms in post-colonial, developing countries. In particular, the study may encourage Namibian planners to take a fresh look at educational language policy in the aftermath to independence.

Indexing (details)


Subject
Bilingual education;
School administration;
Language acquisition;
Schools
Classification
0282: Bilingual education
0514: School administration
Identifier / keyword
Education; Bilingualism; Language education policy; Namibia; Policy implementation; Windhoek
Title
Language education policy and its implementation in three schools in Windhoek, Namibia's capital city
Author
Diallo, Aminata
Number of pages
189
Publication year
2008
Degree date
2008
School code
0175
Source
DAI-A 69/04, Dissertation Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
ISBN
9780549574125
University/institution
University of Pennsylvania
University location
United States -- Pennsylvania
Degree
Ph.D.
Source type
Dissertations & Theses
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
3309425
ProQuest document ID
304490939
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
http://search.proquest.com/docview/304490939
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