Over the years, our understanding of how language and learning are linked has shifted and changed. There is ample evidence about the value of mother-tongue-based multilingual education.
From Jabberwocky to the BFG's gobblefunking, playing with words is the first step to mastering them – not something to be ironed out of teaching.
There are many layers of complexity at play in the way that South African schools use and teach languages.
In Uganda, private schools are simply ignoring a policy that calls for pupils to learn in a mother tongue rather than in English for the first three years of their education.
Pre-service teachers are learning a great deal about their own skills and the challenges of the job through a part of their curriculum that approaches training differently.
English songs from the US and the UK are typically taught to kids around the world. With English now a language of many cultures, why not incorporate songs from the world?