n Educare - Fostering language development in multicultural schools in South Africa
|Article Title||Fostering language development in multicultural schools in South Africa|
|© Publisher:||UNISA Press|
|Publication Date||Jan 2002|
|Pages||38 - 62|
Language is a crucial means of gaining access to important knowledge and skills and thus determines academic achievement. For this reason, language diversity has a powerful influence on the outcomes of schooling in a multicultural society. Attrition rates among linguistically diverse school populations worldwide show that learners with a limited proficiency in the language of learning are most at risk of underachievement. This article deals with theories of first and second language acquisition and the implications for classroom practice in multicultural schools. Attention is given to Cummin's model of second language acquisition and the notions of additive and subtractive bilingualism. Guidelines are suggested for creating a school environment which fosters language learning. Strategies for school leadership, classroom teaching, parent involvement and teacher development are provided.
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