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Lecture | Applied African Linguistics

African Languages as Medium of Instruction in higher education: what has happened after Prah?

Monday 27 March 2023


For decades, a generation of African and Africanist scholars has been arguing the need for using African languages in domains such as education. One of the most articulate of these is Prah, who has argued that sustainable development will remain an illusion if African languages are not used in more domains. However, progress has been slow at best.

This webinar will examine some of Prah’s proposals and the advances in research and theory that have been made since then. It will discuss some of the limitations of approaches such as ‘translanguaging’ and seeing ‘language as spoken’; it will outline recent theoretical advances in seeing language as designed versus as discerned. It will show the potential of analysing the evolution of enrolment in education. This will expose the fiction that African educational systems can expand indefinitely using former colonial languages as medium of instruction.

This lecture will be held on Zoom
Meeting ID: 638 6323 9013
Passcode: pAkt*fW1

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