Strengthening secondary education in practice: Language Supportive Teaching and Textbooks in Tanzania (LSTT). Pilot study report

Author(s): Mills, Michele; Barrett, Angeline M.; Kajoro, Peter

Date: 2014

Pages: 65 p.


The Language Supportive Teaching and Textbooks in Tanzania project (LSTT) is directed at supporting students making the transitioning from standard seven of primary school to Form 1 of secondary school in Tanzania. For a large majority of students this involves a transition in the language of instruction from Kiswahili to English. Low levels of language proficiency in English is known to be a major barrier to learning in secondary schools Tanzania (Arthur, 2001; Oyoo, 2004; Rea-Dickins et al. 2009; Brock-Utne et al., 2010; Rubagumya et al., 2011) . Although private primary schools generally offer English-medium education, these are an option only for a minority of students living in urban areas with parents able to pay the fees. LSTT is a collaboration between three universities and the Tanzania Institute of Education (TIE). The university departments are the Graduate School of Education, University of Bristol; the College of Humanities and Social Sciences and the Faculty of Education, University of Dodoma; and the Institute for Educational Development, Aga Khan University East Africa Campus.

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