LINGUIST List 18.1563

Tue May 22 2007

Diss: Socioling: Balma: 'Benchmarking Language Policies in West Afr...'

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Directory         1.    Anatole Balma, Benchmarking Language Policies in West Africa Through Reassessment, Networked Technologies and Continuing Involvement with Other Learning Communities


Message 1: Benchmarking Language Policies in West Africa Through Reassessment, Networked Technologies and Continuing Involvement with Other Learning Communities
Date: 21-May-2007
From: Anatole Balma <balma_associatesyahoo.com>
Subject: Benchmarking Language Policies in West Africa Through Reassessment, Networked Technologies and Continuing Involvement with Other Learning Communities


Institution: Purdue University Program: Linguistics Program Dissertation Status: Completed Degree Date: 2005

Author: Anatole Balma

Dissertation Title: Benchmarking Language Policies in West Africa Through Reassessment, Networked Technologies and Continuing Involvement with Other Learning Communities

Linguistic Field(s): Sociolinguistics
Dissertation Director:
Michael Brzezinski Alan Garfinkel James Greenan Venetria Patton Victor Raskin
Dissertation Abstract:

Whether our concerns are about the everyday lives of people and theirsocial interaction, or about social change and education, the issue oflanguage is as vital as it is complex. Language performs differentfunctions including a means of communication, expression andconceptualization. Therefore, language should be seen as a resource ratherthan a problem. In a multilingual society, knowledge of more than onelanguage is an asset both in an immediate economic sense, at the workplace,for instance, and in the larger social sense of opening many worlds orcultures and as a nation-building and pro-democracy practice. In the 21stcentury, multilingualism is the norm, not the exception, and Africa is wellendowed in this respect. We work with, not against, the grain of oursocietal multilingualism. The purpose of this study is to attempt toarticulate language policies in West Africa from the field of benchmarkingwith the goal of improving educational outcomes. In so doing, this studyhas elected to describe, compare and contrast existing language policies inBurkina Faso and Ghana, it will also explore whether benchmarking offersgenuine promise for improvement in teaching and learning and ask whatapproaches to policy and Benchmarking hold the most promise.