Languages in the N.C.S. include all eleven official languages as Home, First Additional and Second Additional Languages. All learners in Grade 10 – 12 must study at least two official languages with one language at Home Language level and the other at either First Additional or Home Language level and one of these must be the Language of Learning and Teaching. These two languages are included in the compulsory component of the National Curriculum Statement.
Languages in the N.C.S. also include non-official languages (foreign languages) which can be offered as Home Language, First Additional Language and Second Additional Language.
All languages can be offered on the following levels:
The learner's home language needs to be promoted, fostered and developed to provide a sound foundation of learning additional languages. It may be used as the Language of Learning and Teaching. Listening and speaking skills are developed and refined but the emphasis at this level is on developing the learner's reading and writing skills.
First Additional Language
Learning a First Additional Language promotes multilingualism and intercultural communication. It may be used as the Language of Learning and Teaching. The skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing are equally emphasised
Second Additional Language
Learning a Second Additional Language furthers multilingualism and intercultural communication. Although reading and writing skills are developed at this level, the emphasis is on developing listening and speaking skills.