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n Tydskrif vir Geesteswetenskappe - Taalkeuses en -opinies van Afrikaanssprekende studente aan Unisa s

Volume 53 Number 3
  • ISSN : 0041-4751

Abstract


Literature dealing with language choice in multilingual contexts shows the influence of political, social and individual factors. The global status of English influences the way speakers of other languages act in relation to their own languages. Although English is still extremely important globally, the emergence of multilingualism is a feature of postmodernity. According to the British Council's report (Graddol 2006), the global role of English has changed. Language ideologies, local circumstances, power relationships and the persona speakers of other languages project in relation to their own language choices form part of the dynamics of the interplay of languages in peoples' lives. English is on the ascendancy in South Africa in the midst of a pretence to multilingualism. This is also the position at the University of South Africa (Unisa), the biggest university in South Africa. Afrikaans previously enjoyed parity with English as languages of instruction at this institution. However, in recent years more and more modules have been offered only in English. Against this background, the authors undertook an empirical investigation into the language choices and opinions of Afrikaans-speaking students at Unisa. The population that was investigated in 2011 consisted of approximately 32 000 students who had Afrikaans as one of their home languages or who took at least one module in the medium of Afrikaans. A total of 2 749 of these students completed and submitted an online survey. This article comprises a discussion of a selection of the information gleaned from the study.

Die literatuur oor taalkeuses in veeltalige kontekste wys dat politieke, sosiale en individuele faktore taalkeuses beïnvloed. Dit sluit in: die simboliese waarde van die gebruik van tale anders as Engels, magsverhoudinge, taalideologieë, en plaaslike asook sosiaal-sielkundige faktore. In Suid-Afrika tref ons 'n neiging tot die oorheersing van Engels onder die skyn van veeltaligheid aan. By die Universiteit van Suid-Afrika (Unisa) neem die omvang van onderrig wat slegs in Engels geskied al hoe meer toe en verloor Afrikaans sy voorheen gelyke posisie met Engels. Daarom het die skrywers die taalkeuses en -opinies van Afrikaanssprekende studente aan Unisa empiries ondersoek deur middel van 'n vraelysopname. 'n Totaal van 2 749 studente het in November 2011 'n internetvraelys voltooi. In hierdie artikel berig die skrywers oor 'n seleksie van die inligting wat versamel is. Uit hierdie steekproef het 1 393 studente (50,7%) in Afrikaans gestudeer en 1 314 (47,8%) in Engels. Beduidende verskille is uitgewys tussen die twee groepe op grond van onder andere geslag, ouderdom en kollege. Hoewel studente oor die algemeen trots was op Afrikaans, was dié wat in Afrikaans gestudeer het, beduidend meer trots op hulle taal en baie positief oor die uitkoms van hulle keuse. Studente wat in Engels gestudeer het, het die beskikbaarheid van handboeke en die nut van kennis van Engelse terminologie as redes vir hulle keuse uitgewys. Enkele aanbevelings word gemaak oor hoe Afrikaans as onderrigtaal op tersiêre vlak bevorder kan word.

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2013-09-01
2019-08-17

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