Originally published in 1978, this volume is divided into 3 parts. Part 1 presents an overview of the linguistic situation in Zambia: who speaks which languages, where they are spoken, what these languages are like. Special emphasis is given to the extensive survey of the languages of the Kafue basin, where extensive changes and relocations have taken place. Part 2 is on language use: patterns of competence and of extension for certain languages in urban settings, configurations of comprehension across language boundaries, how selected groups of multilinguals employ each of their languages and for what purposes, what languages are used in radio and television broadcasting and how decisions to use or not use a language are made. Part 3 involves language and formal education: what languages, Zambian and foreign, are used at various levels int he schools, which are taught, with what curricula, methods, how teachers are trained, how issues such as adult literacy are approached and with what success.
Introduction Donald J. Bowen Part 1: Languages of Zambia 1. The Language Situation in Zambia Mubanga E. Kashoki 2. A General Sketch of the Bantu Languages of Zambia Mubanga E. Kashoki and Michael Mann 3. Languages of the Kafue Basin: Introductory Notes D. A. Lehmann Part 2: Language Use in Zambia 4. Between-Language Communication in Zambia Mubanga E. Kashoki 5. Comprehension by Nyanja Lusaka Schoolchildren Robert Serpell 6. Oral Competence in Nyanja among Lusaka Schoolchildren Clasina de Gaay Fortman 7. Language and the Media in Zambia Graham Mytton 8. A Study of Language Use among Local Students at the University of Zambia Moses Musonda 9. Languages Used by Zambian Asians Ansu K. Datta Part 3: Language in Education 10. Historical Background Sirarpi Ohannessian 11. The Teaching of Zambian Languages and the Prepration of Teachers for Language Teaching in Primary Schools Sirarpi Ohannessian 12. The New Zambia Primary Course Bryson McAdam 13. English and Zambian Languages in Secondary Schools: Attitudes of Teachers in Training Sirarpi Ohannessian 15. The Zambia Adult Literacy Programme Mubanga E. Kashoki 16. Some Developments in Zambia Since 1971 Robert Serpell