Language Planning and Education

Gibson Ferguson

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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.

Key Features:

  • Accessible and readable introduction to the field.
  • Wide coverage of issues with illustrative examples from a range of countries in different continents.
  • Discussion exercises and suggestions for further reading.
  • Explores and comments on controversial issues.

1. The Discipline of Language Planning: A Historical Overview
2. The Practice of Language Planning: An Overview of Key Concepts
3. Educational and Political Dimensions of Bilingual Education: The Case of The United States
4. Minority Languages and Language Revitalisation
5. The Global Spread of English: Cause, Agency, Effects and Policy Responses
6. New Englishes and Teaching Models: The Continuing Debate
7. Language Education Policy and the Medium Of Instruction Issue in Post-Colonial Africa.

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I highly recommend this book as an ideal introduction for everybody who is interested in finding out more about current debates in language planning and policy with specific reference to education.
Jean Jacques Weber, Professor of English, University of Luxembourg
Gibson Ferguson is a Lecturer in the Department of English Language and Linguistics at the University of Sheffield, where he convenes the MA programme in applied linguistics.

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