n Journal for Language Teaching = Ijenali Yekufundzisa Lulwimi = Tydskrif vir Taalonderrig - Editor's note
|Article Title||Editor's note|
|© Publisher:||South African Association for Language Teaching (SAALT)|
|Journal||Journal for Language Teaching = Ijenali Yekufundzisa Lulwimi = Tydskrif vir Taalonderrig|
|Author||Johann Van der Walt|
|Publication Date||Dec 2014|
This edition of the journal (48/2 of 2014) focuses on the new curriculum for languages in the Curriculum Assessment Policy Statements (CAPS) and the Annual National Assessments (ANAs), that have become a prominent feature of the education landscape in South Africa. After the disastrous Outcomes-Based Education experiment, much is expected of CAPS as an improvement on OBE. It is anticipated that CAPS will result in improved standards in our schools. ANAs have also been under the spotlight, as their purpose and standard have been questioned. Standards and pass rates remain a major issue in public opinion, but can have very negative consequences when they encourage a "shallow" approach to teaching and learning in our schools. We hope that CAPS will address this issue, and result in "deep" learning, but it depends on how it is implemented in our schools.
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