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Social Development Theory: A case for multilingual tutorials (Mlts) in Law

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dc.contributor.author Leach, Noleen
dc.date.accessioned 2015-10-29T18:44:00Z
dc.date.available 2015-10-29T18:44:00Z
dc.date.issued 2015
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/11622/55
dc.description.abstract Poor throughput and high attrition rates increase the cost of training and decrease the admissions opportunities for school leavers in higher education. The poor performance of students in a first-year Law course in an Accounting programme at a university of technology contributed to this problem. English is the medium of instruction but the mother tongue of the majority of students is predominantly isiXhosa or Afrikaans and many of these students were struggling with the medium of instruction as well as the discourse of the discipline. Submersion schooling compounds the deeply ingrained weak interlanguages of students entering higher education, presenting a particular challenge to effective learning taking place in the classroom. This investigation applied the three themes of constructivism that flow from Social Development theory as the theoretical foundation for the implementation of a multilingual tutorial (MLT) pilot programme as an intervention to improve the performance of the students in the course. The aim of this investigation was to determine whether MLTs could assist the student and lecturer to overcome the challenges that the language barrier presents and improve student performance in the first-year Law course. The MLTs were positively received by the participants and the cohort showed an above average performance in the course. MLTs indeed assisted in improving the performance of the participants. However, these findings are accompanied by the caveat that other factors impacting on student performance have not been excluded. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher The IIE en_US
dc.subject Social Development Theory en_US
dc.subject Higher Education en_US
dc.subject Through Put en_US
dc.subject Constructivism en_US
dc.subject Language en_US
dc.subject Multilingual Tutorials en_US
dc.subject Language Barriers en_US
dc.title Social Development Theory: A case for multilingual tutorials (Mlts) in Law en_US


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    This collection contains approved preprints for submission to "The Independent Journal of Teaching and Learning" the accredited open access journal published by The IIE. ISSN: 1818-9687.

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