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Language proficiency and language policy in South Africa: Findings from new data
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International Journal of Educational Development Volume 31, Number 5, ISSN 0738-0593 Publisher: Elsevier Ltd

Abstract

This study explores new data from 2008 on language proficiency and labour market outcomes in the context of South Africa's language-in-education policy. We show that the economic returns to English language proficiency are large and higher than those to home language proficiency for the majority of employed South Africans. This helps explain why there is little incentive to switch to an African language as the language of instruction in schools. However, we show also that African adults are significantly more likely to be proficient in English if they are proficient in their home language. This finding supports the arguments of additive bilingualism, which identify the benefits of extended mother-tongue education for the acquisition of second-language skills.

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Posel, D. & Casale, D. (2011). Language proficiency and language policy in South Africa: Findings from new data. International Journal of Educational Development, 31(5), 443-451. Elsevier Ltd. Retrieved May 18, 2022 from .

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Full text is availabe on Science Direct: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ijedudev.2010.09.003

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