Language and STEM education at school – policy and research

3-4 October 2017

The NSTF is hosting a national Discussion Forum on Language in Education (#LangInEd). Language issues in South Africa have not been adequately addressed. In the STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering and mathematics), it is particularly worrying that the medium of instruction may contribute to the lack of progress in these subjects.

Attend the Discussion Forum to explore the impact of language on STEM subjects in education. This is a free event for employees of NSTF member organisations. The event takes place during the school holidays – all educators are welcome to attend for free.

VIDEOS FROM THE EVENT


Language and STEM education at school – policy and research

Speaker Mr B S Monyaki, Prof Mamokgethi Phakeng, Mr Mpho Madisha, Dr Lebs Mphahlele, Mr David Benjamin Botha, Prof Piet Human


PRESENTATIONS FROM THE EVENT


The reality of post-grade 12 learners' language proficiency

Ms Carina Coetzer, University of Stellenbosch Track B: Language in secondary school and tertiary level

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Nurturing Indigenous Languages

Ms Khethiwe Marais, Maihlangane Track B: Language in secondary school and tertiary level

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Language and the STEM subjects in secondary school - issues of learning and teaching, self-study, gender and atittudes

Prof Satsope Maoto, University of Limpopo Track B: Language in secondary school and tertiary level

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Teacher training for secondary school (for language in science teaching): just because two-thirds of all talk in most science classrooms is by the teacher

Prof Samuel Oyoo, Director, Institutional Language, University of Witwatersrand Track B: Language in secondary school and tertiary level

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Reducing inequalities in STEM education on two continents - SA and USA with specific reference to language in the primary (SA) and middle (USA) school subjects

Mr Dirk van Schalkwyk, Educator Track A: Language in ECD phase and primary school

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Acquiring new languages

Mrs Wendy Shihlamariso Chauke, Lecturer, University of Limpopo Track A: Language in ECD phase and primary school

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Multilingualism in Foundation Phase Mathematics

Ms Ingrid Sapire, Marang Centre for Mathematics and Science Education, School of Education, University of the Witwatersrand Track A: Language in ECD phase and primary school

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Changing how the story ends: the role of early reading in SA

Ms Jade Jacobsohn, Managing Director, Nal'ibali Programme Track A: Language in ECD phase and primary school

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Roles of language in forming mathematical knowledge

Prof Piet Human, Ukuqonda Institute

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Non-verbal methods of teaching in Tertiary Education

Mr David 'Dawie' Botha, Executive Committee Member, South African Academy of Engineering, & Co-chair, proSET (Professionals in Science, Engineering and Technology) sector, NSTF

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Languages and STEM workshop

Dr Lebs Mphahlele, Deputy Director-General, Curriculum Management and Delivery, Limpopo Department of Education

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Establishing a culture of STEM discourse in township and rural high schools

Mr Mpho Madisha, Chairperson: Black Science, Technology and Engineering Programme (BSTEP)

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Mathematics Education and Language Diversity: from language-as-problem to language-as-resource

Prof Mamokgethi Phakeng, Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Research and Internationalisation, University of Cape Town

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Language policy for Basic Education and overview of performance in the STEM subjects

Mr B Monyaki, Languages, Chief Education Specialist, Department of Basic Education

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