Language Attitude towards Using Code-Switching as a Medium of Instruction in the Case of Wollo University Kombolcha Institute of Technology, Ethiopia

Mulu Wondimu


This paper attempts to highlight both the instructors’ and students’ attitudes towards code switching. It was undertaken in a Governmental University in Ethiopia which prescribes English as the medium of instruction for all courses taught. Descriptive survey design was used in a mixed approach of data analysis. 88 instructors and 320 students were taken as a source of data. Self completed questionnaires and interview as tools of data collection were used. The paper, thus, raises some legitimate concerns of the conflict between the instructors and students attitude and the country policy which certainly has some implications on restrictive use of the medium of instruction in higher education institution. The finding in this study revealed that instructors and students attitude were positive regarding code-switching thus it needs a serious attention from each concerned bodies in the educational hierarchy of Ethiopia to keep balance between the policy and the practitioners attitude

Keywords: Kombolcha Institution of Technology, Language Attitudes, Code-Switching

DOI: 10.7176/RHSS/9-21-04

Publication date: November 30th 2019


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