The Status of English as a Language of Education and Communication in Vanuatu - Language Issues Affecting Students: A Case Study

dc.contributor.author Tamtam, Helen Lobanga
dc.coverage.placeName Vanuatu
dc.coverage.spatial Pacific
dc.date.accessioned 2022-11-09T05:55:40Z
dc.date.available 2022-11-09T05:55:40Z
dc.date.issued 2008-09
dc.description.abstract PCF5 Sub-theme: Cross-cutting Themes // English in Vanuatu shares a unique official role along with French as a language of communication and instruction enshrined in the constitution, inherited from the colonial past of Vanuatu as the Anglo-French Condominium of the New Hebrides. From English, a pidgin form, Bislama, emerged which has developed and is recognised as the third official and national language of Vanuatu as stated in the constitution. It does not have the same status that English and French hold within the education system. Even after independence English has continued to receive more status in education because of the high enrolment it experiences today. Despite the fact that English and French are languages of instruction from primary to secondary level, there have been ongoing challenges faced by students in using the languages confidently because of the country’s complex multilingual situation. This paper, however mainly focuses on the importance being placed on English as a language of education and communication. It addresses the question of whether English serves its intended purpose within the context of its role in society. This is followed by a discussion of the challenges faced by students and the efforts taken by the Vanuatu Department of Education and the University of the South Pacific in helping students cope with the challenges. // Paper ID 769
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/11599/4691
dc.language.iso en
dc.publisher Commonwealth of Learning (COL)
dc.rights.uri https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0/
dc.title The Status of English as a Language of Education and Communication in Vanuatu - Language Issues Affecting Students: A Case Study
dc.type Working Paper
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