Language Planning and Education

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Edinburgh University Press, Mar 14, 2006 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 248 pages
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Language Planning is a resurgent academic discipline, reflecting the importance of language in issues of migration, globalisation, cultural diversity, nation-building, education and ethnic identity. Written as an advanced introduction, this book engages with all these themes but focuses specifically on language planning as it relates to education, addressing such issues as bilingualism and the education of linguistic minority pupils in North America and Europe, the educational and equity implications of the global spread of English, and the choice of media of instruction in post-colonial societies. Contextualising this discussion, the first two chapters describe the emergence and evolution of language planning as an academic discipline, and introduce key concepts in the practice of language planning. The book is wide-ranging in its coverage, with detailed discussion of the context of language policy in a variety of countries and communities across North America, Europe, Africa and Asia.

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The discipline of language planning a historical overview
The practice of language planning an overview of key concepts
Educational and political dimensions of bilingual education the case of the United States
Minority languages and language revitalisation
The global spread of English cause agency effects and policy responses
New Englishes and teaching models the continuing debate
Language education policy and the medium of instruction issue in postcolonial Africa
Discussion questions exercises and further reading

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Gibson Ferguson is Lecturer in the Department of English Language and Linguistics at the University of Sheffield,

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