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Exploring the Role of the Speech-language Therapist in City Centre Preschools

Sandra du Plessis
South African Journal of Childhood Education | Vol 2, No 2 | a14 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/sajce.v2i2.14 | © 2012 Sandra du Plessis | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 30 April 2014 | Published: 30 December 2012

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Sandra du Plessis, University of Limpopo (Medunsa Campus), South Africa

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This study investigates the perception of the strengths and challenges that face city centre preschool teachers and preschool learners in the acquisition of English as medium of instruction and to use the results to explore the role of speech-language therapists in this context. A descriptive survey, incorporating a quantitative data collection method, was selected as the research design and a questionnaire was developed as a survey instrument. The findings identified the strengths as including the creative communication strategies employed by the pre-schoolers and the innovative techniques of the teachers. Perceived challenges include a cultural and linguistic mismatch between teachers and learners and communication barriers that cause emotional and behavioural problems in classrooms. The study suggests that speech-language therapists need to consider and employ service delivery models instead of traditional models with the preschool teachers.


Additional language learners, city centre preschools, English as language of learning and teaching, preschool learners, multilingual schools


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