There are many reasons for studying Zulu, including personal interest in southern African cultures, research interests and fulfilment of foreign language requirements. In addition, Zulu has great political, cultural, historical and social importance in southern Africa. Zulu spread throughout large areas of southern Africa and the language served as a tool for unifying the many ethnic groups found there. Another advantage of studying Zulu is that it forms the basis for understanding the other Nguni languages. If you can speak Zulu, you can invariably understand Swati, Ndebele and Xhosa.

In the future, students who are hoping to be part of any South African workplace will benefit from knowing at least one indigenous language. They will earn respect and find it easier to communicate with all the people they will come across and deal with in their daily business. It is even more vital for those who are interested in travelling and working internationally. When one calls oneself proudly South African, one is somewhat expected to be able to share their knowledge of an indigenous language; it does not create a good impression if one does not know how to speak at least one indigenous language of the country where one was born and raised.

Course Outline

To broaden and deepen language competencies so that learners are able to listen, speak, read, view, write and present with confidence - this forms a basis for life-long learning.

We hope to enable our girls to:

• Use language appropriately in real-life contexts.

• Express and justify their own ideas, views and emotions confidently in order to become independent and analytical thinkers.

• Use language and their imagination to represent and explore human experience.

• Use language to access and manage information for learning across the curriculum.

• Use language as a tool for critical and creative thinking.

• Express reasoned opinions on ethical issues and values.

• Interact critically with a wide range of texts.

• Recognise the unequal status of different languages and language varieties.

Assessment and Examinations

• There is continuous assessment of oral and written work in normal class situations.

• Writing is assessed continuously across a range of different tasks such as language and comprehension exercises as well as creative, transactional and functional writing.

• Class tests and standardised tests are written regularly.

• Homework and assignments are given regularly.

• Projects are given termly.

Paper I hours [100]
Paper II hours [100]
Continuous assessment: Portfolio [100]
Oral   [100]

Skills Taught

• Basic language skills such as listening, speaking, reading and writing and research.

• Language is the best tool for instilling life skills such as critical thinking, analysing, problem-solving, initiative, etc. 

Special events

• Visiting cultural villages

• The IsiZulu evening

• The IsiZulu Olympiad

• Traditional dance, music, poetry etc.

Date: Friday, 27 May 2016 13:04