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  • Academic Journal
  • Per Linguam; 2021, Vol. 37 Issue 2, p1-12, 12p
  • Writing isiXhosa as a language of learning and teaching requires a sharpened skill to those who are writing in the language. It is been clear that the students struggle to write in isiXhosa when they are either answering questions of writing expositional academic work. Thus, it becomes difficult when the students are expected to write cohesively, and with meaning. Additionally, to write in isiXhosa is important these days especially where isiXhosa like other African languages can be used as languages of learning and teaching. The identified persisting problem from the institutions of higher learning, in particular African languages and teacher education faculties that offer isiXhosa is that the preservice isiXhosa speaking students are not able to write in isiXhosa. This paper looked at the assignments produced by preservice teachers of isiXhosa both in 3rd and 4th year of the BEd programme. The study found that the preservice isiXhosa speaking students’ writing is not good at all. The students struggle to write in isiXhosa taking into account the grammar rules (morphemes) such as subject or object concords, and cohesive sentence constructions. This paper presents the results of the study done among the preservice teachers, where they produced long essays in their modules. Furthermore, it looks at the work that has been done in isiXhosa to understand writing as a skill. Finally, the paper provides recommendations pertaining to teacher training, where there are preservice teachers being trained to teach isiXhosa. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]
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