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English Department

De Vrije Zee Primary School Language Policy


• The Language in Education Policy

• WCED Language Transformation Plan

• The National Curriculum Statement

School Language policy:

The school language policy caters for the needs of the learners at De Vrije Zee. The predominant languages spoken by learners at the school are English (majority) and Afrikaans.  Thus the Language of Learning and Teaching are English and Afrikaans. The language policy will be made available to parents intending to enroll their children at De Vrije Zee. It must be part of the signed mission agreement entered into upon enrolment.

Language of Learning and Teaching (LoLT)

• In terms of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, De Vrije Zee recognizes that of our cultural diversity is a valuable national asset and hence we strive to promote multilingualism and respect for all languages.

• The national Language-in-Education Policy commits the country to additive bilingualism. Therefore at De Vrije Zee we strive to add other languages onto a strong mother-tongue base.

• The Language of Learning and Teaching at De Vrije Zee Primary School is English (Home and additional language) and Afrikaans( home and additional language).

The importance of mother tongue instruction is recognized and we offer instruction in two home language streams, viz. English and Afrikaans, from Grade 4 - 7.

De Vrije Zee Primary School is a parallel medium school. In each grade there are 4 English classes and a dual medium class that caters for both English and Afrikaans learners.

Throughout this School Language Policy, De Vrije Zee aims to improve the literacies of children and to increase levels of respect amongst speakers of different home languages.

Learning Outcomes.

LO 1: Listen

The learner will be able to listen for information and respond appropriately and critically in a wide range of variety.

LO 2: Speaking

The learner will be able to communicate confidently and effectively in a wide range of situations.

LO 3: Reading and Viewing

The learner will be able to read and view for information and enjoyment and respond critically to the aesthetic, cultural and values in text.

LO 4: Writing

The learner will be able to write different kinds of factual and imaginative texts for a wide range of purposes.

LO 5: Thinking and Reasoning:

The learner will be able to use language to think and reason, as well as to access, process and use information for learning.

LO 6: Language structure and Use

The learner will know, and be able to use the sounds: words and grammar of the language to create and interpret texts.

De Vrije Zee Primary School Time Allocation for Languages

17 periods allocated for languages per week  

Home Language: 9

Learning outcome:

No of periods allocated:

No of periods allocated:

LO 1 Listening



LO 2 Speaking



LO 3 Reading and Viewing



LO 4 Writing



LO 5 Thinking and Reasoning



LO 6 Language Structure



Total for Home Language:



Additional time allocated for Languages during the day (to be utilized for Home or Additional Language)

Spelling period per week



Reading sessions per week (25 minutes each)