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Language Teaching and Literacy Learning in Tanzania Primary Education: A Critical Review

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dc.contributor.author John, Philpo
dc.date.accessioned 2018-06-07T20:35:28Z
dc.date.available 2018-06-07T20:35:28Z
dc.date.issued 2017-12
dc.identifier.citation John, P. (2017). “Language Teaching and Literacy Learning in Tanzania Primary Education: A Critical Review.” Papers in Education and Development, 35, 87-106. Dar es Salaam: TUKI en_US
dc.identifier.issn 0856-4027
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11810/4724
dc.description The paper advocates the change of the mindset that is negative on the use ECLs in education. It also emphasizes that a school-beginning child should not start learning literacy in an unfamiliar language. en_US
dc.description.abstract This paper argues that there are key issues associated with language teaching and literacy learning in Tanzania primary education which are not yet adequately addressed in the curriculum. Using theoretical and empirical evidence drawn from studies in Tanzania and beyond on language and literacy learning in primary education, the discussion revealed that the key issues hampering effective literacy teaching and learning in Tanzania primary education, are factors such as question of teachers’ pedagogical competence on literacy teaching; choice of language for literacy teaching and learning, especially in rural: ethnic community language or Kiswahili?; language teacher education ; and, home - school disconnection. The discussion also found that Tanzania primary education curriculum does not accommodate multi-literacy competencies such as the emerging digital and media literacies. Thus, the paper recommends the use and teaching of languages that a school-beginning child speaks and understands well in early childhood education, and the inclusion of multi-literacy competencies. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship TRANSLED en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher TUKI en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries Issue 35;5
dc.subject language, mother tongue, literacy teaching and learning, primary education en_US
dc.title Language Teaching and Literacy Learning in Tanzania Primary Education: A Critical Review en_US
dc.type Journal Article, Peer Reviewed en_US


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