Building solid language foundations for achievement

SOURCE: HSRC Review
OUTPUT TYPE: Journal Article
PUBLICATION YEAR: 2018
TITLE AUTHOR(S): J.Harvey
KEYWORDS: GRADE 5, GRADE 9, LANGUAGE IN EDUCATION POLICY, LANGUAGES, LEARNER PERFORMANCE, TRENDS IN INTERNATIONAL MATHEMATICS AND SCIENCE STUDY
DEPARTMENT: Inclusive Economic Development (IED)
Web link: http://www.hsrc.ac.za/en/review/hsrc-review-april-june-2018/building-solid-language-foundations
Print: HSRC Library: shelf number 10543
HANDLE: 20.500.11910/12676

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Abstract

Research has consistently shown that language is an important factor in how learners perform academically. As a multilingual country, South African research provides unique insight into the effect of language on learner achievement. The Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) 2015 included a number of items related to language the help us understand its influence on achievement. Jaqueline Harvey discusses the findings for grade 5 and grade 9 learners.