Publishing Partner: Cambridge University Press CUP Extra Publisher Login
amazon logo
More Info


New from Oxford University Press!

ad

Words in Time and Place: Exploring Language Through the Historical Thesaurus of the Oxford English Dictionary

By David Crystal

Offers a unique view of the English language and its development, and includes witty commentary and anecdotes along the way.


New from Cambridge University Press!

ad

The Indo-European Controversy: Facts and Fallacies in Historical Linguistics

By Asya Pereltsvaig and Martin W. Lewis

This book "asserts that the origin and spread of languages must be examined primarily through the time-tested techniques of linguistic analysis, rather than those of evolutionary biology" and "defends traditional practices in historical linguistics while remaining open to new techniques, including computational methods" and "will appeal to readers interested in world history and world geography."


Book Information

   
Sun Image

Title: Bridges and Barriers
Subtitle: Language in African Education and Development
Written By: Eddie Williams
Series Title: Encounters
Description:

Recent decades have seen sub-Saharan Africa decline in both economic and
human terms. The rich North has responded with a barrage of well-publicized
initiatives, from pop concerts to international commitments on debt relief,
aid, trade and good governance. Among the complex of factors necessary to
sustain economic and human development, education receives little media
coverage, although it is crucial. However, education must be effective.

This book argues that in 'Anglophone' Africa, education is not effective
because of the use of English, rather than children's first languages, both
as the medium of instruction, and also as the language in which children
are first taught to read. Research is presented from Malawi and Zambia,
countries with contrasting language policies, using evidence from tests in
English and African languages, small-group discussions and classroom
observation. The findings show that English-medium policies in Africa do
not give students any advantage in English over first-language policies,
while the use of English discriminates against girls and rural children.

The book concludes that much education in Africa is a barrier rather than a
bridge to learning because of the prevailing language ideology, which has
resulted in massive over-estimation of the value of English. While
appropriate language policies alone will not solve education and
development difficulties in Africa, they do have a positive contribution to
make. The evidence presented here suggests they are failing to make that
contribution.

Publication Year: 2006
Publisher: St. Jerome Publishing Ltd
Review: Not available for review. If you would like to review a book on The LINGUIST List, please login to view the AFR list.
BibTex: View BibTex record
Linguistic Field(s): Sociolinguistics
Subject Language(s): English
Issue: All announcements sent out by The LINGUIST List are emailed to our subscribers and archived with the Library of Congress.
Click here to see the original emailed issue.

Versions:
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 1900650975
ISBN-13: N/A
Pages: 278
Prices: U.K. £ 19.99