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Opoku-Amankwa, Kwasi and Aba Brew-Hammond. 2011. ‘Literacy is the ability to read and write English’: defining and developing literacy in basic schools in Ghana. International Journal of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism 14 (1) : 89–106.
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Language as a subject
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Examining the impact of Ghanese teachers' definition and perceptions of literacy on their approach to primary classroom literacy teaching and learning, this study argues that despite of Ghanese teachers' and society's pejorative attitudes towards mother tongue/bilingual education, in the real classroom practice, teachers do codeswitch between English and the local language as pupils' comprehension of English is perceived as insufficient.