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Title:African languages and educational planning
Author:Fyle, Clifford
Periodical:Educafrica: Bulletin of the Unesco Regional Office for Education in Africa
Geographic term:Subsaharan Africa
Subjects:language instruction
African languages
Abstract:The colloquium on the Coordination of Linguistic Research with a view to its application to Teaching relative to African Languages of Regional Intercommunication (Ouagadougou, Upper Volta, September 1978) indicated that there are a number of levels of the utilisation of African languages: a maternal language; a language of intercommunication; an Inter-African language; an international language. To this classification can be added: - that there are literally hundreds of languages in Africa, - that the classification, though useful, is not watertight, - that as a result of these first two factors, many African countries are heavily multilingual, - the fact that in such heavily multilingual language situations, attitudes inevitably build up, different attitudes towards different languages by different groups of speakers. The attitudes are important ones to take into account in any consideration of the use of African languages. Sections of this paper: Language planning and teaching - Language in communication and education - Language programme in education - Language planning - The roles of the educational planner. Note, photogr.