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Languages in Education in Mauritius. (Extracts). Language Centre, MIE, 1975-6. Introduction. 1.1 This paper attempts to provide guidelines for the planning

    ANNEX 2

    Languages in Education in Mauritius

    (Extracts)

    Language Centre, MIE, 1975-6

Introduction

1.1 This paper attempts to provide guidelines for the planning of language

    teaching within the school curriculum.

2. Summary of main reasons for a review of the present language policy

2.1 Too many languages competing for the child’s attention in the early years of

    the Primary school resulting in cross-language interferences, and future

    illiteracy among those who cannot cope with the situation.

    Education failure at the Primary level due in part to insufficient attention being

    paid to the problems of the medium of instruction.

    Impossibility of planning a new lasting curriculum or of working out

    syllabuses, particularly at Primary level, until the language problems are

    resolved.

3. Aims of language and teaching in Mauritius

3.1 No clearly defined Mauritian Government aims have been discovered.

    Nevertheless the majority of Mauritians would seem to share the following

    aims:

3.2 English

    ? The effective learning of English as a medium of communication with

    other countries for purposes of trade, information, politics, professions,

    culture, etc.

    ? The effective learning of English as an official language for government

    and business purposes.

    ? The effective learning of English as a medium of instruction at school and

    as a means of studying after school.

3.3. French

    ? The effective learning of French as a medium of communication with

    France and other Francophone countries for various purposes.

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    ? The effective learning of French since it is a language widely used in

    Mauritius.

3.4 Oriental Languages

    ? The effective learning of Oriental Languages by all who wish to, in order

    to maintain communicative and cultural links with their countries of

    origin.

    ? The effective learning of Oriental Languages by all who wish to, because

    they are used in Mauritius.

3.5 Creole

    ? There is at present no government specified aim for Creole, but there is

    considerable pressure and aspiration for the acceptance and development

    of Creole as the only truly national language. At all levels, including

    Government, its use is becoming more and more common. The necessary

    consequence of such an aspiration is to ensure through education that

    children can express themselves effectively through this their mother

    tongue.

3.6 Implications of these aims for the education system

    ? English, French and Oriental Language must find a place within the

    educational system. It does not necessarily follow that all three languages

    should be started at the same time, or taught to everybody.

    ? The ever-increasing role of Creole in the national life of Mauritius should

    be recognized, and educational provision made for this language and for

    its development.

    (…)

    6. Diagrams of possible solutions (see charts)

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