Books: Language Planning and Student Experiences: Aliani, Lo Bianco
Editor for this issue: Rebekah McClure
Date: 01-Jul-2013 From: Elinor Robertson <marketingmultilingual-matters.com> Subject: Language Planning and Student Experiences: Aliani, Lo Bianco E-mail this message to a friend
Title: Language Planning and Student Experiences
Subtitle: Intention, Rhetoric and Implementation
Series Title: Bilingual Education and Bilingualism
Publisher: Multilingual Matters
This book is a timely comparison of the divergent worlds of policy implementation and policy ambition, the messy, often contradictory here-and-now reality of languages in schools and the sharp-edged, shiny, future-oriented representation of languages in policy. Two deep rooted tendencies in Australian political and social life, multiculturalism and Asian regionalism, are represented as key phases in the country’s experimentation with language education planning. Presenting data from a five year ethnographic study combined with a 40 year span of policy analysis, this volume is a rare book length treatment of the chasm between imagined policy and its experienced delivery, and will provide insights that policymakers around the world can draw on.