Barbara Dale Jones

Tongue-tied on language policy

Smoothing the way from mother tongue to English is a huge challenge for education in SA.

Reading is the write way to go

But a mindset shift among teachers is needed to encourage reading across the curriculum.

Images can bring words to vivid life

Classroom communication should supplement language with visuals and movement, experts say.

Language policy lets pupils down

In South Africa, children are exposed to their language of instruction far too late and for too few hours a week, which cripples their learning

The ABC of boosting literacy

Academics say the approach to language must change to give students the best chance of success.

Networks bring results for teachers

Interacting with experts and one's peers in the field is invaluable, according to educators.

Put teacher development first

System-wide improvement in basic education is inextricably linked to increased professionalism.

A delicate balance

Is an over-emphasis on the rights of teachers damaging the rights of learners?

The school that the whole community built

Children are set up for success if teachers, parents and local networks work together

Taking the professional road

The next "Teachers Upfront" dialogue will focus on school communities and will be held at Wits University's school of education on August 2.

Don’t blame teachers for failures

Blaming and shaming South Africa's schoolteachers will do nothing to heal the country's dysfunctional education system.

Don’t blame teachers for failure

Blaming and shaming South Africa's schoolteachers will do nothing to heal the country's dysfunctional education system.

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