Advantages Of Multilingualism

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Although multilingualism is enshrined in the South African constitution, it would better for everyone concerned if only English is used as a language for teaching and learning in South African schools and universities.

Introduction

Multilingualism is the use of several different languages made official by the constitution of a certain country, such as when the South African constitution made its eleven spoken languages official, being English, Afrikaans, Sepedi, Sesotho, Setswana, isiSwati, isiXhosa, isiZulu, isiNdebele, Xitsonga and Tshivenda. I am arguing for the above statement because I think all the above languages deserve equal attention by the citizens of South Africa. , the multilingualism situation is being ignored as if it was never made official, and the worst part of all is that the constitution does not follow this issue until it becomes successful (Zubeida, 2001:323-324).
Heugh (2000:12) explores that many South Africans are not happy with the way things are done, but besides that there are lots of souls that welcome the use of English as a language for teaching and learning. These are the differences amongst the people of South Africa with regard to multilingualism. The issue of language in education after so many years in South Africa remains heavily debatable. Unfair language improvement claims for school learners and students introduced with apartheid language in education policy was established in 1997, with a new rule grounded on non-discriminatory

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