While you were sleeping Stellenbosch University released a statement effectively saying “all learning at Stellenbosch University will be facilitated in English”. The statement on language implementation for 2016 was released yesterday and it also mentions that “This does not imply the abandonment of Afrikaans as language of learning and teaching”.
Here’s an excerpt from the statement:
“Language should be used in a way that is oriented towards engagement with knowledge in a diverse society and to ensure equitable access to learning and teaching opportunities for all students. Since English is the common language in South Africa, all learning should be facilitated in at least English to ensure no exclusion due to language. The University remains committed to the further development of Afrikaans and isiXhosa as academic languages.”
These are some of the principles included as points of departure in a statement (copy below) on language implementation issued by the Stellenbosch University Management today (Thursday 12 November 2015). The statement outlines some principles and sets the tone for the way forward, and forms part of an on-going consultation and communication process with the broad campus community and other stakeholders.”
And this from the Rector’s Management Team on the Language Policy and the implementation of language at the institution.
“Since English is the common language in South Africa, all learning at Stellenbosch University will be facilitated in English, and substantial academic support will be provided in other South African languages, according to students’ needs. At the same time, by means of its Language Policy and Language Plan, the University is committed to the creation of spaces within which English, Afrikaans, isiXhosa and other languages can flourish. In particular, the University remains committed to the further development of Afrikaans and isiXhosa as academic languages.”
Read the rest HERE.