Colonial language use in Kenyan Education: Påvirkning af et tidligere kolonialt sprog på en studerendes kulturelle identitet i Kenya

Eva Cassandra Hoff Winther-Schmidt, Freja Bloch Moeslund, Amalie Cecilia Romme, Maria Hansen, Jasmin Frentzel Sørensen & Anne-Katrine Jensen

Studenteropgave: Basisprojekt


This project seeks to identify the effects which the English language has on the student’s cultural identity in Kenya. English is the language of instruction in the Kenyan educational system and was first introduced during the British colonisation. Thus, we ask how the use of English works in the learning environment today and how the students perceive their school life using a language which is not their mother tongue. The initial approach was based on field work in Kenyan schools where students were asked to fill out a questionnaire and where professors were interviewed. To investigate how the cultural identity of the student is affected by English, this project has examined Kenyan student’s attitude towards the English language. The attitude is theorised to show the cultural identity in this project, and the investigation is thus based on these attitudes as well as the cultural encounter with Kenya. Additionally, before analysing how Kenyans feel about English in Kenya, it will be analysed what English in Kenya is. This will be done by analysing the historical context and also by analysing the cultural encounter with Kenya. Together, analysing English in Kenya and the the attitude towards language use in the country today, this project has made its conclusion. The conclusion will be an explanation of whether English affirms or hurts the student’s cultural identity. It is concluded that this is based on whether the student accepts English as part of their culture or not.

UddannelserBasis - International Humanistisk Bacheloruddannelse, (Bachelor uddannelse) Basis
Udgivelsesdato20 dec. 2016
Antal sider73
VejledereLars Jensen