n Africa Education Review - The needs and perceptions of South African Grade 4 educators, teaching English second-language (ESL) learners

Volume 2, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1814-6627



Although mother tongue education is recommended by policymakers, researchers and language learning authorities, the reality in South Africa is that many parents / caregivers and learners believe that English is the best choice as Language of Learning and Teaching. Many English second-language (ESL) learners experience barriers to learning, because of a limited English proficiency. An empirical study was conducted to identify the needs and perceptions of Grade 4 educators regarding ESL learners with a limited English proficiency. The following factors were targeted in the study: demographic factors; language issues; educators' perception of learners with language barriers; and teaching of ESL learners who have limited English proficiency. The findings suggest that educators teaching ESL learners are in need of support.

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