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Insights into Language Education Policies

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Edited By Manuel Jiménez Raya and Terry Lamb

Insights into Language Education Policies is of particular interest to academic researchers, policymakers, and teaching professionals interested in language education. It aims to provide the reader with critical insights into language education policies in diverse countries around the world. The chapters examine from different perspectives (for instance, migration and minority languages, indigenous languages, and content and language integrated learning [CLIL] instruction) the measures adopted in these settings to foster (modern) language learning, underlining their strengths and weaknesses and suggesting future avenues and courses of action to enhance plurilingual education in these particular contexts and beyond.

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Perspectives on language education policy (Manuel Jiménez Raya, Terry Lamb, and Borja Manzano Vázquez)

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Manuel Jiménez Raya, Terry Lamb, and Borja Manzano Vázquez

Perspectives on language education policy

“To learn a language is to have one more window from which to look at the world”

Chinese proverb

Abstract: The increasing globalisation our world is experiencing has increased the number of intercultural contact situations, underlining the need for individuals to develop the capacity to use several languages appropriately and effectively. Plurilingualism has become a major asset in our present-day society. Our world is also characterised by the linguistic diversity present in many countries due to the coexistence of different local and migration languages. The problem, however, is that many of these languages tend to remain as minority languages, spoken by a small part of the community and neglected in schools and local administrations. The present chapter underlines the key role that education and, consequently, language education policies can play in encouraging language learning as well as contributing to preserving, revitalising and recognising local and migration languages. It concludes by providing an overview of the main contents addressed in each of the chapters included in the present book.

Keywords: Language education policy, language education, plurilingualism, minority languages

One of the main characteristics of the 21st century is the increasing globalisation which currently our world is experiencing, leading countries to become more and more connected and people to engage more frequently in intercultural contact situations. This phenomenon underlines the pressing need for every...

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