oa Malawi Journal of Development Education - Short report: Theory and reality in the primary English language class in Malawi

Volume 1, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1729-0783



Malawi went through a curriculum review from 1989 to 1991. During this period, new learning materials in all the primary school subjects were developed and are in use now. From the theoretical point of view, the English language course is comparable to many of the communicative era materials. There is an emphasis on collaborative learning and functional use of language. The introduction to the Teachers' Guides points out that the key word in the course is ""activity"". A child only learns a language by doing things with the language. Since the new curriculum was launched in 1991, not much has been done to monitor the effectiveness of the new materials. The immediate question that arises, therefore, is: Are the language lessons indeed activity based? This paper examines the extent to which class teachers use the collaborative strategies advocated in the new materials.

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