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Kaaps and the Professor

Kaaps and the Professor

In this Afrikaans/Kaaps interview Prof Dyers describes her upbringing in Elim, Western Cape, and how she struggled to choose a ‘mother tongue’ on school forms as she and her family used many different varieties in her home. She is a ‘Kaapse kind’ but adapts to...

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Translanguaging activities for high school teachers

Translanguaging activities for high school teachers

Some South African student teachers began their first and only teaching practice for the year this week in schools. As well as the novel challenges that Covid-19 has thrown their way, they are faced with the usual questions about the language practices they observe in...

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Gugulethu Nxumalo’s open letter to Minister Motshekga

Gugulethu Nxumalo’s open letter to Minister Motshekga

    Here is an open letter to Minister Angie Motshekga written by 12 year old Gugulethu Nxumalo. This is a perfect example of the kind of writing that young children are capable of from a young age. It is important for children to know they can use their...

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Language is part of the machinery of oppression

As language researchers and practitioners, we are mindful of the way language is used as a powerful weapon in the reproduction of inequality. We wanted to share this article, by Professor Patricia Williams at Columbia University in the US. She provides a discourse...

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