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Are South African Speech-Language Therapists adequately equipped to assess English Additional Language (EAL) speakers who are from an indigenous linguistic and cultural background? A profile and exploration of the current situation

By Thandeka Mdladlo, Penelope Flack and Robin Joubert

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This article presents the results of a survey conducted on Speech-Language Therapists (SLTs) regarding current practices in the assessment of English Additional Language (EAL) speakers in South Africa. It forms part of the rationale for a broader (PhD) study that critiques the use of assessment instruments on EAL speakers from an indigenous linguistic and cultural background. This article discusses an aspect of the broader research and presents the background, method, findings, discussion and implications of the survey. The results of this survey highlight the challenges of human and material resources to, and the dominance of English in, the profession in South Africa. The findings contribute to understanding critical factors for acquiring reliable and valid assessment results with diverse populations, particularly the implications from a cultural and linguistic perspective. [PDF to follow

Topics: assessment, cultural and linguistic diversity, English Additional Language speaker, language dominance, language competence, speech-language pathology., Oral communication. Speech, P95-95.6
Publisher: AOSIS
Year: 2016
DOI identifier: 10.4102/sajcd.v63i1.130
OAI identifier: oai:doaj.org/article:8b510de5e64e4b73b00cecf3a8327681
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