n Journal for Language Teaching = Ijenali Yekufundzisa Lulwimi = Tydskrif vir Taalonderrig - 'n Rol vir taalbeplanningsagente in taal-in-onderwysbeplanning?

Volume 40, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0259-9570



When the Pan South African Language Board (PanSALB) was established in 1996 to manage language development across languages, promote multilingualism and protect language rights, it was heralded as one of 'the cornerstones' of South Africa's democracy project. This paper investigates PanSALB's mandate and role in managing language-in-education issues. Low levels of literacy, inadequate teacher education and a lack of understanding of the relationship between language and learning are major challenges facing post-apartheid South Africa. The paper argues that PanSALB should play a leading role in changing uninformed attitudes that have an adverse impact on government's language-in-education policy, in particular as regards policy provision on the use of indigenous languages as languages of learning and teaching. To this end, it is suggested that PanSALB partner with another government language planning agent, the Department of Education, with a view to devising and implementing appropriate long-term language-in-education policy marketing strategies. Keywords: language planning agent, language academy or board, status planning, corpus planning, vernacularisation, language of learning and teaching, language planning as marketing.

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