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Title:Implementation of bilingual education in Tanzania: the realities in the schools
Author:Tibategeza, Eustard RutalemwaISNI
Periodical:Nordic Journal of African Studies (ISSN 1459-9465)
Geographic term:Tanzania
Subjects:languages of instruction
Swahili language
English language
language policy
External link:http://www.njas.helsinki.fi/pdf-files/vol19num4/tibategeza.pdf
Abstract:Tanzania is a multilingual country with 150 ethnic languages spoken within its boundaries. However, Kiswahili is the language most frequently used in government offices, as well as in everyday activities countrywide. Despite the adoption of one of Africa's largest languages as an official language, the government has constantly insisted that English should remain the only medium of instruction at post-primary level, because of its tremendous power and prestige in the global market. The government's stance reveals a limited understanding of what a system of promoting bilingualism and bi-literacy in education should involve. This paper presents the findings of a study conducted in primary and secondary schools in Tanzania with regard to the implementation of language-in-education policy. It shows that in schools monolingual education dominates and the idea of bilingual education appears far-fetched to practitioners in the education sector. The paper proposes the 50-50 Dual Language Model as a way forward for implementing strong bilingual (Swahili and English) education in Tanzania. Bibliogr., notes, sum. [Journal abstract]