Posted by: Anonymous | 2009/04/24


Afrikaans or English

My son is 6 year and 9 months. We are Afrikaans at home but he has been in English Pre-schools since a baby. When choosing a school a was told that it would be best for him to be educated in his mother tong - Afrikaans. He is currently in an Afrikaans class (English is also available at school)

The teacher suggested that he go to a educational psychologist as their is things not right with him. These tests was conducted in Afrikaans and a few things has shown up - specifically Auditory problems and language problem. I took him to a speech therapist for evaluation in English and Afrikaans and she cannot really give me an indication if he will be better off being educated in Eng or Afr.
Both had it' s challenges.

What do you as a expert recommend for a situation that we are in. English education or Afrikaans

We speak Afrikaans at home and he is currently fully bilingual
Auditory processing was higher in English but the language abilities oral and vocabulary was bad in both languages - 4-5years. He did have several ear infections and had grommets 5 times already - which seems like one of the problems at the moment as Balance is also a problem.

Expert's Reply


ADHD Expert

Dear Anonymous,
From the information you have provided it seems your son's difficulty is not due to a specific language, i.e. English or Afrikaans. His difficulty seems to stem from a problem with processing auditory information. Even though his hearing may be perfect, the brain still needs to interpret the information that comes through the ears; when a problem exists in this process some of the following symptoms can be seen:
1) difficulty remembering verbal instructions;
2) poor listening skills;
3) low academic performance;
4) behaviour problems;
5) difficulty with comprehension, spelling, reading and vocabulary.
An audiologist will be able to assist him further. To find one in your area please contact the South African Speech-Language-Hearing Association on 0861 113 297 or
All the best,

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