English: language of hope or broken dreams?
1992 (English)In: Adult basic education in South Africa: literacy, English as a second language, and numeracy / [ed] Barbara Hutton, Cape Town: Oxford University Press, 1992, 152-218 p.Chapter in book (Other academic)
This chapter provides a critical overview of the major debates, theories and teaching approaches in second language education for adults with little or no formal education. The first two sections examine the contested role of English as a language of access in South Africa and the debates surrounding the language of instruction for initial literacy. They draw on Nicaraguan and Mozambican literacy campaigns to illuminate some of the consequences of decisions on language of instruction for large-scale campaigns. The third section critically examines current approaches to teaching English as a second language to adults in South Africa in terms of the understandings of language and language learning that underpin them. The fourth and final section attempts to lay the groundwork for the second or additional language component of a future adult education policy. Framed by a vision of participatory democracy, it proposes a model which integrates theoretical principles from Freirean-inspired popular education, adult education and second language learning.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Cape Town: Oxford University Press, 1992. 152-218 p.
Adult basic education, Adult literacy, English as a second language (ESL), Language teaching, Curriculum, Language education policy, South Africa
Research subject Linguistics
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-26675ISBN: 0195707095ISBN: 9780195707090OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-26675DiVA: diva2:210899