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Language learning in a multicultural classroom

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dc.contributor.advisor Mr. W.A.J. van Rensburg ; Prof. M.H. Trümpleman en_US
dc.contributor.author Sechele, Julia
dc.date.accessioned 2012-09-05T11:55:52Z
dc.date.available 2012-09-05T11:55:52Z
dc.date.issued 2012-09-05
dc.date.submitted 2002
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10210/7022
dc.description M.Ed. en_US
dc.description.abstract The problem of different languages, as well as academic, social and educational performance, among learners of different cultures within a multicultural school career, is a cause for concern. The number of cases of failure, underachievement, low self-image and poor socialisation is unacceptably high among these learners of diverse cultures. The unfamiliar educational milieu leads to feelings of frustration and confusion. Although it is true that the explanation for this frustration and confusion is complex, certain aspects of the problem are readily identifiable, viz. the unpreparedness of the new learner to learn in a strange language rather than his mother-tongue; his inability to adapt quickly enough to the new milieu; and the low academic and educational standards to which he has previously been accustomed. The expectations to which such a learned is subjected are, inter alia, that they should be able to speak and read fluently; that they should be able to interact socially in an acceptable way; and that they should aim to perform well in spite of new academic expectations and challenges. Many learners of various cultures do not have the abovementioned abilities and qualities, hence the necessity to intervene when it comes to studies in a foreign, i.e. non-mother-tongue, language. This study is thus of instructive value. The literature review confirms the existence of the above named problem, which is discussed from the learner's point of view, together with areas for concern and suggestions for strategies for possible success in overcoming the problem. The most challenging task of all is that of the teacher in the classroom. This is where an atmosphere can and must be created in which the less privileged learner can be exposed to a productive learning environment so that he can achieve his full potential. The teaching profession in South Africa is on the threshold of enormous change; and its role in the creation of a new nation is pivotal. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject Native language and education -- South Africa en_US
dc.subject Multicultural education -- South Africa en_US
dc.subject Language and languages -- Study and teaching -- South Africa en_US
dc.subject Second language acquisition -- South Africa en_US
dc.title Language learning in a multicultural classroom en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US

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