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Current developments in proficiency evaluation for African languages

Current developments in proficiency evaluation for African languages

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Published by African Studies Center, Michigan State University in East Lansing, Mich .
Written in English

    Subjects:
  • African languages -- Ability testing.

  • Edition Notes

    Includes bibliographical references.

    Statementedited by David J. Dwyer.
    ContributionsDwyer, David J., Michigan State University. African Studies Center.
    Classifications
    LC ClassificationsPL8004 .C87 1991
    The Physical Object
    Pagination46 p. ;
    Number of Pages46
    ID Numbers
    Open LibraryOL1892987M
    LC Control Number90062789

    English language teaching (ELT) policies and practices. PBA builds on the current work on language policy and practice, but instead of providing a set of standards, it identifies a set of principles that can help policymakers in diverse contexts develop locally appropriate language policies and practices. Most languages spoken in Africa belong to one of three large language families: Afroasiatic, Nilo-Saharan and Niger–r hundred belong to smaller families such as Ubangian (sometimes grouped within Niger-Congo) and the various families called Khoisan, or the Indo-European and Austronesian language families mainly spoken outside Africa; the presence of the latter two dates to .

      J.D.Y. Peel, in International Encyclopedia of the Social & Behavioral Sciences, Most African languages lack an indigenous word for that sphere of belief and practice that is termed ‘religion’ in the West; their closest terms usually convey something more like ‘usage’ or ‘custom.’ So the study of African religion has tended to embrace a wide range of topics, extending to magic.   The untrained examiner could mistake lack of proficiency in both languages for a disorder when it may be a combination of L1 attrition and normal second language acquisition. In fact, research has demonstrated that ELLs present with similar expressive language as monolingual children with SLI (Paradis, ).

    African languages are duplicated elsewhere on the globe, though not always in as concentrated a fashion. The vast majority of African languages are tonal, and perhaps most also have vowel development of formal frameworks to account for them. This is most obvious in the case of tone. Drawing disproportionately from African tone systems. Discusses the results of a workshop examining the application of American Council for the Teaching of Foreign Languages proficiency testing to African languages, focusing on the possibility of an alternative testing procedure for those languages for which certified testers are not available and the potentials and problems of a team assessment approach.


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Current Developments in Proficiency Evaluation for African Languages. Dwyer, David J., Ed. The essays collected here describe events, trends, and issues in the development of language proficiency testing for African : David J.

Dwyer. The essays collected here describe events, trends, and issues in the development of language proficiency testing for African languages. Papers include: A. AN EVALUATION OF THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE LANGUAGE POLICY FOR HIGHER EDUCATION: AFRICAN LANGUAGES AS MEDIUM OF INSTRUCTION AT SELECTED SOUTH AFRICAN UNIVERSITIES.

By: NOLUTHANDO PURITY ZIKODE. Submitted in partial fulfilment of the requirements of the degree. MPhil in Public Policy. School of Public Administration. A general policy of promoting language equity in multilingual Afri-can societies and of developing ('modernising' or elaborating) African languages in the context of overall national development.

In this paper we explore the relationship between English language proficiency and earnings in South Africa, using new data from the first wave of the National Income Dynamics panel survey of Much of the literature on this topic has studied the impact on earnings of host country language acquisition among minority groups of immigrants to.

research on L2 acquisition and language teaching as well as in the development and use of language proficiency measures (cf. Canale & SwainBachman ). Cummins (, ) distinguishes between two different kinds of language proficiencies, basic interpersonal communicative skills (BICS) and cognitive/academic language proficiency.

Development, Validation, and dissemination of a proficiency-based test of speaking ability in Chinese and an associated assessment model for other less commonly taught languages (Final project report for Grant No.

G, U.S. Department of Education). This book is the first general introduction to African languages and linguistics to be published in English. It covers the four major language groupings (Niger-Congo, Nilo-Saharan, Afroasiatic and Khoisan), the core areas of modern theoretical linguistics (phonology, morphology, syntax), typology, sociolinguistics, comparative linguistics, and language, history and society.4/5(1).

Testing and evaluation takes major role in language teaching and learning. We can conduct different kinds of test to know about the students skills in language. After test we will do the standard evaluation. It will show the performance level of students.

In language skills evaluation we can find the students problems in learning. Students’ Proficiency in English Language Relationship with Academic Performance in Science and Technical Education Article (PDF Available).

In its briefing on the Incremental Introduction of African Languages (IIAL), DBE explained that it is a strategy, not a policy. IIAL is intended to strengthen the use of African languages at a home language level and improving proficiency in, and access to, previously marginalised African languages in order to promote social cohesion.

Applied African Languages Grammar for First Additional Language - VEN; Under Graduate Degree: Semester module: NQF level: 5: Credits: Module presented in English: Purpose: of this module intends to promote multilingualism and intercultural communication in Tshivenda as a First Additional Language for BE.d Foundation and Intermediate module will provide.

Language proficiency in South Africa There is no general, universally accepted definition of concepts such as ‘language proficiency’, ‘language skills’, or ‘knowledge of language’. In theoretical linguistics, the latter term is usually understood as being synonymous with Chomsky’s () notion of.

Search the world's most comprehensive index of full-text books. My library. Africans who could communicate fluently in the language of the colonial powers. An excellent example is that given by Iliffe () who stated that, all instructions in a school in Tanzania was in French, Latin was studied in preparation for priesthood, and Swahili, which is an African language, was forbidden.

Most importantly, as noted. in Africa, carried out by the Association for the Development of Education in Africa (ADEA, ), the language factor emerged strongly as one of the most important determinants of quality.

Yet, more than 50 years since the first UNESCO statement, and despite a plethora of books, articles, numerous conventions, declarations and. assessments of English language proficiency. In the last two decades, the population of ELLs has grown percent—whereas the general school population has grown only 12 percent—and collectively speaks over different languages, with Spanish being the most common (i.e., spoken by 70 percent of.

required that his public officials demonstrate their proficiency in formal competency tests. In the United States, the concern for evaluating schools can be tributed to the current interest in theories and methods of curriculum evaluation.

language arts, math, or. 6 The Development of English Language Proficiency in Grades K Policies and practices with respect to educating English learners (ELs) in the United States have historically been driven largely by beliefs and attitudes about how best to ensure that they acquire high levels of functional proficiency in English as quickly as possible (Espinosa, ).

The NIH Proficiency Scale is an instrument used to measure one’s ability to demonstrate a competency on the job. The scale captures a wide range of ability levels and organizes them into five steps; from “Fundamental Awareness” to “Expert”. One of the perennial issues that arises when discussing South African education is our complex language policy.

For those who aren’t from South Africa, we have 11 official languages – Afrikaans, English, isiNdebele, isiXhosa, isiZulu, Sesotho sa Leboa, Sesotho, Setswana, siSwati, Tshivenda, and Xitsonga.

What happens in South African schools is that children usually learn in .today, languages which were used by soldiers and warrior groups and African conquerors, languages which were later employed by European colonialists in their African armies.

The languages of Africa can be divided into 5 language families: 1) Congo-Kordofanian, 2) Nilo-Saharan, 3) Afro-Asiatic, 4) Khoi-San and 5) Malayo-Polynesian on Madagascar.Introduction to African Languages and Cultures Catalog Number: John M.

Mugane Half course (fall term). M., W., at EXAM GROUP: 5 This introduction to African languages and cultures explores how sub-Saharan Africans use language to understand, organize, and transmit (culture, history, etc.) indigenous knowledge to successive generations.