Language Planning in Primary Schools in Asia

1st Edition

Richard B. Baldauf, Robert B. Kaplan, Knonko Kamwangamalu, Pauline Bryant

Routledge
Published May 24, 2017
Reference - 230 Pages
ISBN 9781138107281 - CAT# Y336889

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Summary

In foreign language education, decisions must be taken on what languages to teach, who will teach them, in which schools (i.e. all, only urban, only rural), in which grades, the number of hours a week, and the cost involved. This book explores the answers to these questions across a number of Asian polities. It illustrates why some of the efforts undertaken are successful and why some are not, why – despite significant investments of time and resources – some students do not seem to acquire the languages being taught, and why some teachers responsible for instruction in the designated foreign languages have problems achieving fluency in the designated language or have other language teaching difficulties. It suggests some strategies various polities might attempt to achieve their stated language learning objectives.

This book was originally published as a special issue of Current Issues in Language Planning.

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