Publication details [#60212]

Pretorius, Elizabeth J. 2015. Failure to launch: matching language policy with literacy accomplishment in South African schools. International Journal of the Sociology of Language 2015 (234) : 47–76.
Publication type
Article in journal
Publication language
Language as a subject
Place, Publisher
De Gruyter


It is claimed that the (home language) education crisis in South Africa is mainly caused by a literacy problem, given the oral orientation to classroom practices in primary schools that use African languages as original literacy teaching medium. An emphasis on reading and writing in the primary language can help to solve this problem.