Multilingualism at South African universities : a quiet storm

Show simple item record Pillay, Venitha Yu, Ke 2016-06-08T05:25:21Z 2015-12
dc.description.abstract This article seeks to reinforce the urgency for a multilingual academy in South Africa. It draws on recent quantitative data to unpack the dramatic decline of language enrolments and graduates of the 11 official languages. We explore the racial patterns in enrolments in the 11 official languages, given the scarcity of recent research articles that offer a quantitative comparison of the patterns of enrolment in this regard. We show that that while post-apartheid South Africa has seen a continuous rise in the popularity of English and Afrikaans, this has happened at the expense of all other official languages. We are mindful that the language policy in South Africa has political currency, which is not echoed in practical implementation. We suggest that while universities cannot ignore the politics of policy, it is the politics of practice in the form of what students choose to study that plays out in higher education institutions across the country. Our purpose therefore is to offer some insight into such practice. We argue that universities, in asserting their ‘public good’ mandate, should not be guilty of aiding and abetting the decline in indigenous languages by prioritising an efficiency mindset instead of a social justice one. en_ZA
dc.description.department Education Management and Policy Studies en_ZA
dc.description.embargo 2016-12-31
dc.description.librarian hb2016 en_ZA
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dc.identifier.citation Venitha Pillay & Ke Yu (2015) Multilingualism at South African universities: a quiet storm, Southern African Linguistics and Applied Language Studies, 33:4, 439-452, DOI:10.2989/16073614.2015.1108852. en_ZA
dc.identifier.issn 1607-3614 (print)
dc.identifier.issn 1727-9461 (online)
dc.identifier.other 10.2989/16073614.2015.1108852
dc.language.iso en en_ZA
dc.publisher Routledge en_ZA
dc.rights © NISC (Pty) Ltd. This is an electronic version of an article published in Southern African Linguistics and Applied Language Studies, vol. 33, no. 4, pp. 439-452, 2015. doi : 10.2989/16073614.2015.1108852. Southern African Linguistics and Applied Language Studies is available online at : http://www.tandfonline.comloi/rall20. en_ZA
dc.subject Multilingualism en_ZA
dc.subject South African universities en_ZA
dc.title Multilingualism at South African universities : a quiet storm en_ZA
dc.type Postprint Article en_ZA

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