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Language in education in sub-Saharan Africa: Language in Africa Special Interest Group (BAAL)

  • Ross Graham (a1), Caroline McGlynn (a1) and Annette Islei (a1)

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The Language in Africa Special Interest Group (LiASIG) of the British Association for Applied Linguistics (BAAL) is a forum for applied linguistic research in Africa, and invites studies with both a micro and a macro focus. Researchers are concerned with how political, social and educational contexts affect the valuation and use of languages in Africa where multilingualism is the norm. Papers are presented at the SIG annual meeting and in the LiA track at BAAL conferences. The present review covers papers presented between 2012 and 2014 that focus on the interplay of policy and practice, particularly in education.

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Afitska, O., Ankomah, Y., Clegg, J., Kiliku, P., Osei-Amankwa, L. & Rubagumya, C. (2013). Dilemmas of language choice in education in Ghana and Tanzania. In Tikly, L. & Barrett, A. (eds.), Education quality and social justice in the global south. London: Routledge, 154167.
Ahadzie, S., Ameka, F. K. & Essegbey, J. (2014). Ideologies and home language use practices: Effects on performance in school language in a Ghanaian Senior High School. LiASIG Annual Meeting, SOAS, 3 May 2014.
Akyeampong, K., Pryor, J., Westbrook, J. & Lussier, K. (2011). Teacher preparation and continuing professional development in Africa (TPA): How do teachers learn to teach reading and mathematics and how does their learning influence their practice? CIE, University of Sussex. www.sussex.ac.uk/webteam/gateway/file.php?name=tpa-leafletprint&site=26
Anku, J., Ansre, M. & Anani, G. (2014). The use of multimedia texts in multilingual lower primary classrooms: A case study of selected schools in the Greater Accra Region of Ghana. BAAL Conference, University of Warwick, 4–7 September 2014.
Ansre, M. (2013). The implementation of the language policy in education in selected lower primary classrooms in Ghana. BAAL Conference, Herriot-Watt University, 5–7 September 2013.
Arthur Shoba, J. (2013). The formation of language values and educational language policy beliefs among teacher educators in Ghana: A life history approach. LiASIG Annual Meeting, Edge Hill University, 28 June 2013.
Clegg, J. (2014). The readability of English-medium textbooks in Rwanda and Tanzania. BAAL Conference, University of Warwick, 4–7 September 2014.
Debenna, C. (2014). The debate on language policy in Eritrea. LiASIG Annual Meeting, SOAS, 3 May 2014.
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Mtenje, A. (2014). An assessment of the evolution of language in education policies in Malawi: Questions on what should drive a policy. LiASIG Annual Meeting, SOAS, 3 May 2014.
Omoniyi, T. (2014). The English-Plus project and effective public healthcare in sub-Saharan Africa. LiASIG Annual Meeting, SOAS, 3 May 2014.
Tom-Lawyer, O. (2014). An evaluation of the implementation of the English language curriculum of the Nigeria Certificate in Education. LiASIG Annual Meeting, SOAS, 3 May 2014.
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Westbrook, J. (2012). Teacher preparation for teaching beginning reading in multilingual classrooms in sub-Saharan Africa. LiASIG Annual Meeting, SOAS, 5 May 2012.
Wildsmith-Cromarty, R. & Mhlophe, M. (2014). How well can students read in their African mother tongues at tertiary level? BAAL Conference, University of Warwick, 4–7 September 2014.
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Language in education in sub-Saharan Africa: Language in Africa Special Interest Group (BAAL)

  • Ross Graham (a1), Caroline McGlynn (a1) and Annette Islei (a1)

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