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South Africa’s evolving language policy: Educational implications

Bostock, WW 2018 , 'South Africa’s evolving language policy: Educational implications' , Journal of Curriculum and Teaching, vol. 7, no. 2 , pp. 27-32 , doi:

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South Africa is facing the challenge of creating a viable nation from a situation of interplay between diverse racial,ethnic and linguistic forces. This article discusses the implications for education of the evolving picture of languagepolicy as South Africa addresses the task of nation-building. Language policy is important because of its key role indeveloping and maintaining identity, particularly that of emerging generations. The results of a bad language policycan be violence and civil war. Language policy, particularly in education, can be instrumental therefore in building aharmonious nation.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Bostock, WW
Keywords: South Africa, language policy, education, nation-building
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Curriculum and Teaching
Publisher: Sciedu Press
ISSN: 1927-2677
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© 2018 The Authors. Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0)

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