Performance in learning outcomes is inextricably linked to proficiency in the language of learning and teaching (LoLT) and utility. A large body of research from various studies and surveys such as ANA, SACMEQ, PIRLS and TIMSS and NSC provide abundant evidence in this regard.
The DBE introduces the teaching English Across the Curriculum as a means of strengthening LoLT from Grade 1 to Grade 12, thus addressing the barrier factor and mitigating the negative impact the withdrawal of the Language Compensation policy may have.
Manual in Teaching English Across the Curriculum
The strategy is herewith demonstrated through the Manual for Teaching English Across the Curriculum: Book 2. The manual is a compilation of subject-specific activities and lesson preparation demonstrations developed by provincial and district officials and lead teachers representing all phases at an EAC orientation session hosted by the DBE on 26 to 29 May 2014. The activities and lesson preparation demonstrations may be readily utilised, if deemed appropriate, or adapted to suit the context of the classroom.
The booklet is packaged according to phases. The Foundation Phase, in which the LoLT is the home language, refers to activities in Language Across The Curriculum, while the rest of the phases refer to English Across the Curriculum as the LoLT. Preceding most Further Education and Training (FET) subject activities is a suggested list of language aspects used mainly in the subject. You are not confined to the language aspects listed. If the need arises, add your own language aspects. Feel free to cross-reference across phases, or draw activities from any of the phases if appropriate for the context of your school or classroom.
This booklet merely scratches the surface of what can be done to strengthen teaching and learning. It is a catalyst, meant to spur you into innovative use of language to enhance teaching and learning. Have fun as you expand your teaching and learning horizons.