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1. Gobingca, Zameka. Strategies employed by primary school teachers to support non-isiXhosa speaking learners in Mthatha education district.

Degree: M. Ed, Faculty of Education, 2013, University of Fort Hare

The purpose of this research was to investigate strategies employed by primary teachers to support the non-isiXhosa speaking learners of Mthatha Education District. This was the researcher’s observation and concern emanating from the difficulties displayed by her non-isiXhosa speaking learners, as the medium of instruction in these schools is not their mother tongue. The language of learning and teaching (LOLT) is isiXhosa in the school where the research was conducted. The school is composed of non-isiXhosa speaking and isiXhosa speaking learners. The research sought to address the following questions: 1 What strategies are employed by Mthatha district teachers to support non- isiXhosa speaking learners? 2 What challenges do Mthatha teachers face in supporting the non-isiXhosa speaking learners? 3 How do Mthatha teachers overcome the challenges they face in supporting the non-isiXhosa speaking learners? The qualitative design approach was used in this study. The study was a case study of one Mthatha primary school. Face-to-face interviews were used to collect the data from the six female teachers who teach from Grade 1 to Grade 6 and one male teacher who is the principal of the selected school, and who teaches English and Life Orientation from Grade 7 to Grade 9. The interviews were tape-recorded. The data collection process began after all the ethical consideration requirements were fulfilled and approved by the relevant stakeholders of the research. The thematic approach was adopted as data analysis of the study was guided by the responses given to the questions asked of interviewed teachers. The research showed the following results which surfaced from the data provided by the respondents: (i) Teachers employed few teaching strategies to support the non-isiXhosa speaking learners in their multilingual classroom. The interviewed teachers expressed their challenges as stemming from the large numbers of learners in their classrooms; (ii) IsiXhosa as a language of learning and teaching was a challenge for the non-isiXhosa speaking learners. (iii) Absenteeism and indiscipline by non-isiXhosa speaking learners (iv) Limited or non-involvement of parents in the education of children The data also showed that there was limited support to empower teachers to deal with multilingual classrooms. The study made the following and other recommendations based on the results: teachers should use many teaching strategies in linguistically diverse classrooms. The school management teams (SMTs) should admit learners in relation to the number of teachers available in a school. It is also recommended that schools implement the language policy as it relates to the learners in each classroom. The DoE should increase parental involvement in the education of their children and also provide professional support to teachers. Advisors/Committee Members: Dr. Makura, A. H.

Subjects/Keywords: Primary school teachers – South Africa – Eastern Cape; Education – Curricula – South Africa – Eastern Cape; Primary school teaching – South Africa – Eastern Cape; Teaching – Methods; Xhosa language – Study and teaching – South Africa – Eastern Cape; Native language

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APA (6th Edition):

Gobingca, Z. (2013). Strategies employed by primary school teachers to support non-isiXhosa speaking learners in Mthatha education district. (Masters Thesis). University of Fort Hare. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/10353/d1006250

Chicago Manual of Style (16th Edition):

Gobingca, Zameka. “Strategies employed by primary school teachers to support non-isiXhosa speaking learners in Mthatha education district.” 2013. Masters Thesis, University of Fort Hare. Accessed January 18, 2020. http://hdl.handle.net/10353/d1006250.

MLA Handbook (7th Edition):

Gobingca, Zameka. “Strategies employed by primary school teachers to support non-isiXhosa speaking learners in Mthatha education district.” 2013. Web. 18 Jan 2020.

Vancouver:

Gobingca Z. Strategies employed by primary school teachers to support non-isiXhosa speaking learners in Mthatha education district. [Internet] [Masters thesis]. University of Fort Hare; 2013. [cited 2020 Jan 18]. Available from: http://hdl.handle.net/10353/d1006250.

Council of Science Editors:

Gobingca Z. Strategies employed by primary school teachers to support non-isiXhosa speaking learners in Mthatha education district. [Masters Thesis]. University of Fort Hare; 2013. Available from: http://hdl.handle.net/10353/d1006250

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