* * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *
LINGUIST List logo Eastern Michigan University Wayne State University *
* People & Organizations * Jobs * Calls & Conferences * Publications * Language Resources * Text & Computer Tools * Teaching & Learning * Mailing Lists * Search *
* *
LINGUIST List 22.1439

Mon Mar 28 2011

Diss: Socioling: Olivier: 'Accommodating and Promoting ...'

Editor for this issue: Mfon Udoinyang <mfonlinguistlist.org>

To post to LINGUIST, use our convenient web form at http://linguistlist.org/LL/posttolinguist.cfm.
        1.     Jako Olivier , Accommodating and Promoting Multilingualism Through Blended Learning

Message 1: Accommodating and Promoting Multilingualism Through Blended Learning
Date: 28-Mar-2011
From: Jako Olivier <Jako.Oliviernwu.ac.za>
Subject: Accommodating and Promoting Multilingualism Through Blended Learning
E-mail this message to a friend

Institution: North-West University
Program: English
Dissertation Status: Completed
Degree Date: 2010

Author: Jako Olivier

Dissertation Title: Accommodating and Promoting Multilingualism Through Blended Learning

Dissertation URL: http://www.jako.nom.za/JAKOlivier-PhD.pdf

Linguistic Field(s): Sociolinguistics

Dissertation Director:
Kobus Lombard

Dissertation Abstract:

Multilingualism is a reality in South African classrooms. The Constitution
of South Africa (Act 108 of 1996) and the national language policy
recognize language rights and aims at supporting, promoting and developing
the official languages. However, despite the advantages of mother tongue
education, English is often chosen as language of learning and teaching at
the cost of the African official languages. This study proposes the
accommodation and promotion of multilingualism through blended learning.

Blended learning refers to the blending of traditional instruction methods,
such as face-to-face instruction, with other forms of instruction such as
online learning and teaching. Through a discussion of asynchronous and
synchronous learning tools it was established that Wikis would be used for
this study. In terms of blended learning and learning theories the main
emphasis in this study is on socio-constructivism as well as communal

The empirical research in this study focused on the establishment and
testing of a conceptual model for the accommodation and promotion of
multilingualism through blended learning in the subject IT. The research
took the form of a sequential embedded mixed methods design. Both
quantitative and qualitative approaches were used. A questionnaire was used
with IT teachers to investigate the language and blended learning context.
This was followed up with qualitative research in the form of interviews
aimed at provincial and national experts in terms of the subject IT and
e-learning. Based on the literature and these two investigations, a
conceptual model was developed. The conceptual model's effectiveness was
tested through a quasi-experimental study. A questionnaire was also
completed by the respondents at the schools after the completion of the
study. Through the testing of the effectiveness of the conceptual model it
was found that multilingualism could successfully be accommodated and
promoted through this conceptual model.

This Year the LINGUIST List hopes to raise $67,000. This money will go to help 
keep the List running by supporting all of our Student Editors for the coming year.

See below for donation instructions, and don't forget to check out Fund 
Drive 2011 site!


There are many ways to donate to LINGUIST!

You can donate right now using our secure credit card form at  

Alternatively you can also pledge right now and pay later. To do so, go to: 

For all information on donating and pledging, including information on how to 
donate by check, money order, or wire transfer, please visit: 

The LINGUIST List is under the umbrella of Eastern Michigan University and as 
such can receive donations through the EMU Foundation, which is a registered 
501(c) Non Profit organization. Our Federal Tax number is 38-6005986. These 
donations can be offset against your federal and sometimes your state tax return 
(U.S. tax payers only). For more information visit the IRS Web-Site, or contact 
your financial advisor.

Many companies also offer a gift matching program, such that they will match 
any gift you make to a non-profit organization. Normally this entails your 
contacting your human resources department and sending us a form that the 
EMU Foundation fills in and returns to your employer. This is generally a simple 
administrative procedure that doubles the value of your gift to LINGUIST, without 
costing you an extra penny. Please take a moment to check if your company 
operates such a program.

Thank you very much for your support of LINGUIST!

Read more issues|LINGUIST home page|Top of issue

Page Updated: 28-Mar-2011

Supported in part by the National Science Foundation       About LINGUIST    |   Contact Us       ILIT Logo
While the LINGUIST List makes every effort to ensure the linguistic relevance of sites listed on its pages, it cannot vouch for their contents.