An investigation into the listening and reading comprehension of a heterogeneous group in a management development programme
- Authors: Cowley, Gillian Ann
- Date: 2012-08-17
- Subjects: Language arts - South Africa , Communication in business , Listening , Second language acquisition - South Africa , Language and education - South Africa , Language and culture - South Africa , Reading comprehension - Ability testing
- Type: Mini-Dissertation
- Identifier: uj:2634 , http://hdl.handle.net/10210/6080
- Description: M.A. , South African companies, faced with the challenges of keenly competitive global and domestic markets, must reconsider their foci and methods of staff training and development. Political pressures to address the imbalance of power in local workforces by activities such as affirmative action also mean that the skills, knowledge and attitudes of employees must be improved. The Management Development in Afrox Training Programme, developed and conducted by Afrox Limited, is targeted at the company's supervisory level and forms part of the company's affirmative action policy. This level of employee reflects the heterogeneity of the South African population and comprises persons of diverse language and cultural groups and educational levels. An investigation into the listening and reading comprehension levels of the delegates found that the majority of them are not equipped to cope with the complex language used in a typical management development programme. An understanding of sophisticated Western business concepts, encapsulated in English for Specific Purposes, is not successfully transferred to the delegates and results in a failure to deliver the desired outcomes of the course. Based on the findings of the research a number of recommendations have been made. These have application not only to the Management Development in Afrox programme but to business programmes which are currently not meeting the needs of their South African target groups because of linguistic elements which confound the planned learning process.
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Cultural interference in the learning/acquisition of a foreign language
- Authors: Babupi, Maria Kedike
- Date: 2014-03-27
- Subjects: Second language acquisition - South Africa , Language and culture - South Africa
- Type: Thesis
- Identifier: uj:4516 , http://hdl.handle.net/10210/9854
- Description: M.A. (Applied Linguistics and Literary Theory) , Any person who tries to learn or acquire a second on foreign language will be subject to some form of mother tongue and/or cultural interference. In the South African context such interference can occur between any two cultural and language groups in contact e.g. between English and Afrikaans, or between both English and Afrikaans on the one hand, and any African language on the other. The investigator is of the opinion that such interference can cause serious barriers to communication. Her research focuses particularly on the impact of cultural interference. Her findings suggest that cultural interference has a significant negative impact, and as a result she recommends that differences need to be addressed as an important component of ESL and EFL teaching in South African schools. She believes that the new education system known as Curriculum 2005 will help to reduce some of the identified communication problems, because it emphasises the promotion of all languages, especially the African languages which were in the past not accorded official status.
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Opvoeding tot menseregte : godsdiens, taal en kultuur
- Authors: Van Loggerenberg, Gerhardus Daniel
- Date: 2015-08-19
- Subjects: Human rights - South Africa , Human rights - Study and teaching , Language and culture - South Africa , Religion and justice
- Type: Thesis
- Identifier: uj:13911 , http://hdl.handle.net/10210/14261
- Description: M.Ed. , South Africa has gone through extensive constitutional changes and the institution of a bill of rights for the protection of basic human rights is a certainty. A bill of rights is an essentially constitutional document, formulating and protecting the basic rights and freedoms of the individual concerning the state. It is, therefore, necessary to familiarize pupils with the nature and content of their basic human rights, since we live in a country with a bill of rights.
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