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South African Journal of Science

On-line version ISSN 1996-7489

Abstract

CHETTY, Naven. Student responses to being taught Physics in isiZulu. S. Afr. j. sci. [online]. 2013, vol.109, n.9-10, pp. 01-06. ISSN 1996-7489.

The University of KwaZulu-Natal is in the process of formulating a language policy to introduce teaching and learning in isiZulu as well as in English to improve throughput and increase the number of graduates. The aim of this study was to determine if this policy is feasible within the discipline of physics. Critical engagement with students and a literature search allowed the determination of the potential gains and pitfalls of such a language introduction. The study also provides some useful insight into student contexts, schooling history and their perceptions of being taught in their vernacular. The inconsistent use of isiZulu words to translate basic physics words will require the development of a common vocabulary for teaching physics in isiZulu.

Keywords : isiZulu; physics; university; UKZN; survey; language.

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