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Die gebruik van Wit oemfaan (F.A. Venter) in ’n imagologiese raamwerk vir die onderrig van Afrikaans as addisionele taal

E. Kruger
Literator | Vol 24, No 3 | a301 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/lit.v24i3.301 | © 2003 E. Kruger | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 01 August 2003 | Published: 01 August 2003

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E. Kruger, Fakulteit Opvoedkunde, Universiteit van Stellenbosch, South Africa

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The use of Wit oemfaan (F.A. Venter) in an imagological framework for the teaching of Afrikaans as additional language

The multicultural additional-language classroom has its own characteristics and requirements. An important element to keep in mind is that learners come from different cultures and all of them have their own perceptions of themselves, their own and other cultures. These perceptions can lead to conflict – something the educator has to deal with. Opportunities can be provided to work through the conflict and thereby facilitate intercultural understanding. Learners can be encouraged to become aware of their own stereotypes of the Other, which are influenced by historical and social realities and based on misperceptions. In order to grow in intercultural understanding, learners have to let go of their stereotypes and become willing to integrate the Other into their own identity.

This article attempts to indicate why and how learners can be made aware of national and ethnic stereotypes in a youth text such as Wit oemfaan (1965) by F.A. Venter. The main aim is to train teacher educators at tertiary level to facilitate the learning process in an integration model for literature teaching by using imagology as theoretical framework. The teaching strategies aim to make the learner aware of the narrative voice and focalisation in the representation of stereotypes. The learner is guided to be confronted with the Self in the story, who is in unusual contact with the Other. This intercultural encounter in the secondary world of the literary text leads eventually to the maturation of the main character and can facilitate the maturation process of the additional-language learner of Afrikaans in the Further Education and Training phase at school.


Additional Language Teaching; Stereotypes; Intercultural Reconcilitation; Identity And Alterity


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