Developing a dictionary culture through integrated dictionary pedagogy in the outer texts of South African school dictionaries: the case of 'Oxford Bilingual School Dictionary: IsiXhosa and English'

Authors

  • Dion Nkomo Rhodes University

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.1007/s40607-015-0021-8

Keywords:

Outer texts, Dictionary pedagogy, Dictionary culture, Educational policy on dictionary use, Integrated dictionary pedagogy

Abstract

The challenges posed by a poor societal dictionary culture and an inability of school curricula or teachers to integrate dictionary pedagogy in the everyday teaching and learning activities compel lexicographers to integrate dictionary pedagogy in the outer texts of school dictionaries. This is done through design features that encourage learners to appreciate the educational value of dictionaries while facilitating efficient and optimum use of the dictionaries. This article discusses the state of societal dictionary culture and dictionary pedagogy in South Africa. In spite of the acknowledged poor dictionary culture, it is shown that the school curriculum provides sufficient space for dictionary use as part of everyday teaching and learning as well as the nurturing of dictionary skills. Without delving deeper into how teachers respond to these educational policy provisions on dictionaries, which warrants a separate comprehensive study, the article demonstrates how the recently published Oxford Bilingual School Dictionary: IsiXhosa and English (De Schryver et al. 2014), typifies school dictionaries in which lexicographers go beyond addressing learners’ educational needs regarding language and other school subjects to integrate dictionary pedagogy that may prove beneficial in the long-term development of dictionary skills and dictionary culture. This is particularly evident in the study of selected outer texts. However, the success of these endeavours depends on whether the target users use dictionaries in the first place, which still makes the role of teachers indispensable.

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Published

2015-12-01

How to Cite

Nkomo, D. (2015). Developing a dictionary culture through integrated dictionary pedagogy in the outer texts of South African school dictionaries: the case of ’Oxford Bilingual School Dictionary: IsiXhosa and English’. Lexicography: Journal of ASIALEX, 2(1), 71–99. https://doi.org/10.1007/s40607-015-0021-8