This book is a must-read for every language teaching professional and researcher working in a multilingual context. Multilingualism and Education in Africa: The State of the State of the Art is an up-to-date exploration and wide-ranging review of the symbiotic relationship between multilingualism and education in Africa. The African continent is rich in languages. Most of her inhabitants are multilingual and many of the nations have embraced multilingual education. This book examines multilingualism in education from three broad perspectives: multilingualism and language in education policy in Africa; multilingualism as an educational resource in Africa; and attitudes and challenges of multilingualism and education in Africa. The book's nineteen chapters discuss these three perspectives from East, West, Central and South Africa. All the contributors are leading authorities in multilingualism and education. The chapters combine a wide range of viewpoints based on theoretical, empirical and personal experiences. The reader is left with a deeper understanding of the unique features of multilingualism and education in Africa that have seldom been addressed by those who experience them first-hand. The book demonstrates successful practices in multilingualism and education; showing how African nations have determined what works for them without igring challenges such as policies on paper, attitudes towards African languages and limited resources. The benefits of multilingual education override the challenges. The book's extensive coverage makes it an important resource for scholars and policy makers in the field of multilingualism and education. Overall, this book represents an important contribution to an important subject in education globally. The editors have provided an introductory overview to the book and commentaries on the three sections.
Daniel O. Orwenjo holds a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Linguistics from the University of Frankfurt, Germany. He is currently a Lecturer in the Department of English and Linguistics at Kenyatta University, Kenya. He has published widely on various topics in linguistics in internationally acclaimed journals. Martin C. Njoroge is the Director of the Confucius Institute and a Senior Lecturer of Linguistics at Kenyatta University, Kenya. He is a former SRF Postdoctoral Fellow and a Visiting Professor at the University of Pennsylvania, USA. He has published widely on language variation, English language teaching and multilingual education. Ruth W. Ndung'u is a Senior Lecturer in Phonology and Applied Linguistics at the Department of English and Linguistics, Kenyatta University, Kenya. She is a researcher on second language use and education, and a member of the Multilingual Education Network, Kenya. Ruth has published articles in refereed journals and textbooks for secondary and tertiary levels. Phyllis W. Mwangi is a Senior Lecturer and Chairperson at the Department of English and Linguistics, Kenyatta University. She has published articles in refereed journals, and co-authored textbooks at primary, secondary and tertiary levels. She has a keen interest in the teaching of English through an integrated approach.
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Daniel O. Orwenjo, Martin C. Njoroge, Phyllis W. Mwangi, Ruth W. Ndung'U