15: The Politics of Language in HE

Dr Nomalanga Mkhize joins The Academic Citizen to think through the role of multiple languages in higher education. We explore how language shapes meaning and how assimilation to Anglo-Saxon norms and culture have influenced attitudes towards indigenous languages. She suggests that a multi-idiomatic approach could assist the transformation project in higher education institutions in South Africa.

We also get some views from students who question the importance of language in South Africa’s democratic era.

Read more about Nomalanga’s views on language, history and education by following the links below:

Learn more about Siyafunda: isiZulu, a children’s language education initiative that is crowdfunding via Thundafund by following this link.

Photo credit: Thomas Hawk

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