LINGUIST List 22.4411

Sat Nov 05 2011

Calls: Applied Linguistics/ Current Issues in Language Planning (Jrnl)

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        1.     Pauline Bryant , Current Issues in Language Planning

Message 1: Current Issues in Language Planning
Date: 04-Nov-2011
From: Pauline Bryant <>
Subject: Current Issues in Language Planning
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Full Title: Current Issues in Language Planning

Call Deadline: 30-Jun-2012

Current Issues in Language Planning is announcing a Call for Papers for aforthcoming issue on 'Language Planning and Medium of Instruction'.

The use of a language of wider communication in place of or in addition to alocal or national language as the medium of instruction is increasinglybecoming a common feature of language policy and planning in politiesacross the world. This dominant aspect of language in education planning hasits origin in the European colonization of Asian, African and South Americannations. Educating the colonized in the knowledge, values and norms of theWest through the colonial language was an ideological imperative whichserved the practical needs required for continuing colonial rule. The end ofcolonial rule brought an opportunity for colonized nations to do away withcolonial languages and introduce local/national languages as medium ofeducation. However, although initial attempts to switch to local languageswere made in a few polities, it was more common to adopt ex-coloniallanguages as medium of education. In continuing with colonial languages inthe post-colonial period, many polities were driven by three major discourses:a) local/national languages were not modern or developed enough to take therole of medium of instruction; b) colonial languages were a neutral choice inthe context of ethnolinguistic conflicts; c) using the target language asmedium of instruction was an efficient model of second language pedagogy.While such discourses are prevalent across polities, globalization and theglobal spread of English have created more bottom-up pressure for adoptingthis language of wider communication as medium of instruction. In addition todeveloping national language ability to participate in the global economy,English is used as medium of instruction to internationalize local/nationaleducation and to attract overseas students which is a noteworthy feature ofmore recent medium of instruction policy in many polities. The dominance of languages of wider communication in general andEnglish in particular as medium of instruction raises a number of educational,linguistic, socio-economic, political and socio-cultural issues which havestarted receiving attention in the language planning literature.This special issue of Current Issues in Language Planning aims to contributeto this literature by inviting contributions on topics including but not limited to:- Medium of instruction at different levels and systems of education;- Effectiveness and outcomes of medium of instruction policy;- Medium of instruction and materials development / availability;- Medium of instruction and bilingualism;- Medium of instruction and social and community pressure;- Medium of instruction and national/social identity;- Social consequences of medium of instruction policy and planning;- Medium of instruction and internationalization of education;- Medium of instruction and local linguistic ecology;- Medium of instruction and 'mother tongue' education;- Medium of instruction and international schools; and- Medium of education and implications for teacher education.

Researchers are invited to submit abstracts (250-300 words) to the Editor,Prof. Richard B. Baldauf Jr, University of

Deadline for submission of abstracts: 30 June 2012.Deadline for submission of final papers: 1 November 2012.

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