The Deflated Rhapsody of Curriculum 2005 and the Nexus of Critical Language Teaching

By Rakwena Reginald Mpho Monareng.

Published by The Diversity Collection

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The zealous introduction of the South African Outcome Based Curriculum (C2005) belies its mechanical, instrumentalist and technocratic intent. Set on identified outcomes, its deterministic drive reduces language teaching to a mechanical enterprise. The urge for critical thinking is deadened for the sake of dry drills leading towards the achievement of the targeted outcomes. Expediency is the inescapable routine in language learning and teaching context. The perpertuation of ideolocal power dynamics is veiled and sealed. My argument in this paper is mapped as follows: I establish the tonal political expediency that characterizes the deterministic nature of this curriculum; critically examine the prospect of its initial phase;relate it to language learning and teaching within a critical language teaching practice; Finally I discuss the philosophical nuances that enhance the possible survival of critical language pedagogy within the era of the South Africa version of Outcome Based Education.

Keywords: Outcome Based Education, Critical Language Awareness, Critical Language Pedagogy, Wide-awakeness, Norms and Possibilities

International Journal of Diversity in Organizations, Communities and Nations, Volume 8, Issue 5, pp.161-174. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.267MB).

Dr. Rakwena Reginald Mpho Monareng

Lecturer, Faculty of Education, Language Education, University of Johannesburg, Johannesburg, South Africa (Gauteng ), South Africa

I teach and supervise studies in English Language Teaching, Educational Linguistics and TESOl at the University of Johannesburg (Full-time) and Applied English Studies at the University of South Africa (Part-time). Previously I offered Applied Linguistics at the University of the Western cape, Tesol and English Language Teaching Methodology and English Language Proficiecny at both Vista and Rand Afrikaans Universities. I taught English Language and Literature at three Comprehensive High Schools one of which I served as the Head of English and Afrikaans Department. My research is within Applied Linguistics- specifically within Critcal Discourse and Language Awareness. I presented papers locally and internationally. I also published within this field in Internationally Accredited Journals.

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