n Tydskrif vir Geesteswetenskappe - Tweetalige hoëronderwys vir Suid-Afrika? Taalbeleidsontwikkeling by histories Afrikaans-medium universiteite as gevallestudie

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  • ISSN : 0041-4751


This article investigates the demand for an appropriate model for the introduction of an indigenous language as an additional medium of instruction in higher education in South Africa. Two models of bilingual higher education are considered, namely institutional bilingualism (dual monolingual education or parallel bilingualism) as against integrated bilingualism (individual bilingualism). The policy of the HAUs concerning institutional bilingual education is dealt with as a case study. It was found that the HAUs have opted for a differentiated approach to the issue of the medium of instruction. Although parallel-medium education serves as the preferential model, the HAUs are making provision for diverse deviations from this model, depending on the mode of service delivery and in accordance with the requirements of the different campuses. It appears that the consistent application of parallel bilingual higher education, essentially institutional bilingualism, may be difficult to sustain in the long run. It is recommended that the individual bilingual higher education model would probably prove to be more beneficial as a framework within which an indigenous language can be implemented as an additional medium of instruction. Some of the implications hereof are considered.

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