An Investigation into the Attitude of Winter-school Grade 12 Learners towards Afrikaans: Attitude Studies

By Suzan Sophie Thembekwayo.

Published by The Learner Collection

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The article is a research project which investigates the language attitude of the black Grade 12 non-mother tongue speakers of Afrikaans who attended winter-school project in Marobathota High School in Polokwane in Limpopo Province in June 2007 and educators who were responsible for teaching Afrikaans in the project on voluntary basis. The name of the project is Khanya Enrichment classes, which is funded by Zion Christian Church’s Educational trust fund. The aim of the project is to help the learners from different provinces in their preparation for the final examinations. Any learner who is currently enrolled for Grade 12, irrespective of whether he/she is affiliated to the church or not can apply for admission at the project. The article is based on the data collected from these learners and educators as respondents in the research. The questions contained in the questionnaires ranged from demographic sections to questions that gives suggestions on improvement of the state of Afrikaans in schools. Furthermore, the study aims at using the findings arrived at to see whether this language is maintained in schools or if there is a shift to English.

Keywords: Attitude, Black, Afrikaans, Learner, Educator, Language

The International Journal of Learning, Volume 16, Issue 8, pp.485-494. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.230MB).

Me. Suzan Sophie Thembekwayo

Lecturer, Department of Afrikaans Media and Culture, Faculty of Humanities, University of Pretoria, Pretoria, GAUTENG, South Africa

Lecturer in the department of Afrikaans Media and Culture. Lecturing Media Literacy, Afrikaans and Literacy Studies (Honours level). A head of Residence Madelief at the University of Pretoria. A motivational speaker especially on preparing the Grade12 for life at tertiary level. In the process of completing PhD in Adult Education at the University of Limpopo. Busy writing a book based on the folklores told in Tswana to be translated into Afrikaans and English. Presenting a paper at conference for ACUHO to be hosted in Pretoria in May 2007 entitled “Double-room sharing a pain or a gain for students involved”. Presented and published a paper entitled “Content of literacy programmes versus information needs of identified communities in South Africa: A case study” in 2007 The internationa journal of learning.

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