November 19, 2019

Readers in mother tongue for foundation phase

Focus: To support literacy in African Languages, the Zenex Foundation, together with the Molteno Institute for Language and Literacy, has incrementally, developed the Vula Bula Series, of graded readers for Grades 1-3 in eight African languages.

This Series was informed by sound theoretical and contextual considerations. It contributes to building a strong foundation in home language, based on the principle that this facilitates the acquisition of learning in other languages and subjects. The Series is underpinned by a phonics approach to literacy and supports CAPS and the key literacy skills to be taught in Foundation Phase. The Vula Bula Series includes readers, a teacher training manual and classroom resources and is available as Open Education Resources at

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