Introduction [to a special edition of Current Issues in Language Planning]

Hatoss, Aniko and Cunningham, Denis (2004) Introduction [to a special edition of Current Issues in Language Planning]. Current Issues in Language Planning, 5 (4). pp. 351-360. ISSN 0965-8416


Download (83Kb)


Language policies and corresponding language-in-education policies in the past 50 years have had a major role in the development of nationhood and the formation of national identities. The 21st century has brought new ‘winds of change’ (Lambert, 2000a) to policy makers, with two sharp tendencies as driving forces for policy action: on the one hand, forces of globalisation necessitate intercultural understanding through a common global language or some selected powerful languages; on the other hand, forces of ethnic and grass-roots movements have highlighted the need to shift policy attention to the maintenance of linguistic diversity and pluralism in a rapidly shrinking and homogenising world. In other words, language education policies of the 21st century need to grapple with the challenge that language communities are ‘local and global at the same time’ (Canagarajah, 2005: 17). This volume provides an insight into various language education policy contexts in the world and provides examples of policy responses to these two wider challenges.

Statistics for USQ ePrint 1152
Statistics for this ePrint Item
Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: This article forms the introduction to a Festschrift: this volume is a special edition to recognise the work of a prominent language-in-education policy developer in Australia, David E.Ingram, AM. Deposited in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Depositing User: Dr Aniko Hatoss
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Education
Date Deposited: 11 Oct 2007 00:36
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2013 22:36
Uncontrolled Keywords: language-in-education policy,education for diversity
Fields of Research (FOR2008): 20 Language, Communication and Culture > 2002 Cultural Studies > 200206 Globalisation and Culture
20 Language, Communication and Culture > 2004 Linguistics > 200405 Language in Culture and Society (Sociolinguistics)

Actions (login required)

View Item Archive Repository Staff Only