Attitudes towards English in Ghana

  • Kari Dako University of Ghana
  • Millicent Akosua Quarcoo University of Education, Winneba
Keywords: attitudes, English, ethnicity, Ghanaian languages, language policy


The paper considers official and individual attitudes towards bilingualism in English and a Ghanaian language. We ask whether bilingualism in English and Ghanaian languages is a social handicap, without merit, or an important indicator of ethnic identity. Ghana has about 50 non-mutually intelligible languages, yet there are no statistics on who speaks what language(s) where in the country.
We consider attitudes to English against the current Ghanaian language policy in education as practised in the school system. Our data reveal that parents believe early exposure to English enhances academic performance; English is therefore becoming the language of the home. 



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