Episode 7 - Reconceptualising Language in Education

In this episode we are joined by Elvis ResCue from Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology. He is sociolinguist with a research focus on Sociolinguistics, Discourse Analysis, Bilingual Education, Language Planning and Development; and Language Contact in multilingual contexts.

Our discussion takes us into the social and linguistic experiences of students and teachers in multilingual classrooms, specifically focusing on Ghana. Ghana has about 79 indigenous languages which lends to a diverse classroom environment. Through an interdisciplinary lens we discuss the experiences of students and teachers, the country's socio-linguistic situation itself, and how these factors aid in formulating language in education policy.

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