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Language intervention at schools: Changing orientations within the South African context

Erna Alant
South African Journal of Communication Disorders | Vol 36, No 1 | a294 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/sajcd.v36i1.294 | © 2019 Erna Alant | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 28 October 2016 | Published: 31 December 1989

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Erna Alant, Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology, University of Pretoria, South Africa

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The role of the speech therapist in the school has changed drastically over the last decade. The reasons for these changes originate from a growing realisation of the importance of contextualising intervention within a particular community. This article aims at providing an analysis of the present school population in South Africa with specific reference to the Black schools as a basis for discussion on the role of the speech and language therapist within this context. The problems of second language learning and teaching are highlighted and the role of the language therapist as a consultant within the Black school system is emphasized.


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