Afrikaans is one of our 11 official languages, and is widely spoken in the Western Cape. Linguistics is vital in todays multicultural societies, where we see increasingly global working environments. Learners who speak more than one language are primed to enter today’s competitive job market, and will find themselves at an advantage in society. Students planning a career in human resources, medicine and public service would certainly benefit from being able to communicate in Afrikaans, not to mention enjoying lifelong access to a wonderful body of literature and culture.
At Wynberg Boys’ High School the Afrikaans culture, knowledge and creativity form an indispensable part of our teaching. We seek to develop boys skills’ in the Afrikaans language under an inclusive, contemporary and dynamic approach.
A Word from the Head of Afrikaans
Mrs Renette Spammer
By the time learners enter Grade 10, they should be proficient in their First Additional Language with regards to both interpersonal and cognitive academic skills. Learners should be able to use their additional language at a high level of proficiency to prepare them for further or higher education.
Learning Afrikaans as a First Additional Language should enable learners to:
- Acquire the language skills necessary to communicate accurately and appropriately taking into account audience, purpose and context;
- Listen, speak, read/view and write/present the language with confidence and enjoyment. These skills and attitudes form the basis for lifelong learning;
- Use their Additional Language and their imagination to find out more about themselves and the world around them. This will enable them to express their experiences and findings about the world orally and in writing;
- Use their Additional Language as a means of critical and creative thinking: for expressing their opinions on ethical issues and values; for interacting critically with a wide range of texts; for challenging the perspectives, values and power relations embedded in texts; and for reading texts for various purposes, such as enjoyment, research, and critique.