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n South African Journal of Higher Education - Using Xitsonga at the University of Limpopo (Turfloop Campus) : part 1

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Abstract

This article examines the acceptability of using Xitsonga as a medium of instruction for teaching and learning (MoIL) at the University of Limpopo (UL) (Turfloop Campus), Sovenga, South Africa. Currently, English dominates the higher education environment because almost all the universities in South Africa utilise it as an MoIL. In addition, English is extremely popular in higher education because it is viewed as the language of the corporate world as well as the language of science. In such a context, the article sets out to determine whether the introduction of Xitsonga as an MoIL would be tenable and desirable at the aforementioned university. The data collected indicated that the majority of Xitsonga speakers at UL believe that Xitsonga should not be used as an MoIL in higher education. It is concluded, however, that mother tongue education enhances, rather than diminishes learning, including the learning of additional languages.

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2015-01-01
2016-12-07
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