Patrick Amoyaw recently completed an MA in Applied Linguistics at Reading.
The Department nominated him for the British Council's Master's Dissertation Award programme for which he is listed under 'Commendations'. Read more about this below.
The Teaching English website have published his thesis.
13th International Symposium on Bilingualism
The Department of English Language and Linguistics is delighted to report that Patrick Amoyaw presented a paper on English medium instruction in Ghana at the 13th International Symposium on Bilingualism that was held online in Warsaw in July 2021. The paper is based on Patrick’s MA thesis on this topic, for which he obtained a commendation from the British Council. In his work, Patrick shows that implementing a strict English only policy in the upper primary is not realistic in the Ghanaian contexts studied in the project. Detailed analyses of classroom interaction reveal how primary school teachers in Ghana at all levels use the children’s first languages, in addition to English, to help them understand the content of the lessons.
Patrick’s supervisor, Professor Jeanine Treffers-Daller, said:
“Patrick has made a major contribution to knowledge in the field by revealing the importance of using children’s first languages in school to support learning. I am delighted this work has been presented to an international audience of experts in the field. His work has important implications for policy makers in Ghana and other contexts where English Medium Instruction is practised.”