Is multilinguism the silver bullet in SA varsities, or does it in fact create elitism?

2019-01-02 08:34

It is a beautiful ideal that our Constitution provides for education in each of our official languages. But if the government doesn't provide funding to properly see this through, it may end up excluding minority groups – again. Dr Dioné Harley explains.

Bilingual or mother tongue? What experts say is best for your child’s development

2018-09-25 16:04

Many households are bilingual, which may affect a child's linguistic development. Should cultural requirements be put on the back burner for your child's healthy development? Meg Faure weighs in on the subject.

"How can you build a strong house with a broken foundation?": Our readers respond to English support at tertiary level

2018-03-05 16:25

We recently published an article suggesting that students at university might do better with additional support, particularly when it comes to better understanding the English language. While some of our readers agreed, others felt English should already be taught in the foundation phase. What do you think?

How SA's many languages can improve education and unlock the youth's potential

2018-02-21 15:13

Africa’s massive variety of languages should be celebrated as it is the key to empowering the youth and having them contribute sustainably to societal transformation and economic progress.


Why teachers shouldn’t be afraid of home languages spoken in the classroom

2018-11-27 20:39

Instead of viewing linguistic diversity as an obstacle, we should be working toward understanding the social and emotional benefits for children using their home language in the classroom.

"3 crucial ways daycare centres can improve reading in SA": reader responds

2018-05-24 10:25

International literacy consultant Thomas Benjamin comments on South Africa's reading crisis by identifying three real obstacles in preschool level - and offering a few solutions.

Multilingualism in education must be celebrated as a resource, not a problem

2018-02-21 15:14

There are 11 official languages in South Africa, all of which should be celebrated this International Mother Language Day.

Is there a language barrier to seeking medical and mental health help for kids in SA?

2018-02-21 14:57

Since today is International Mother Language Day it might be a good time to talk about diversifying our mental health services to be more encompassing of our 11 official languages.

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