ERIC Number: ED227658
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Nov-16
Reference Count: 0
Workshop on Problems Relating to the Language of Instruction in Multilingual Countries in Asia and the Pacific (Mysore, India, December 8-12, 1980). Final Report.
United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization, Paris (France).
The final report of a workshop convened by UNESCO is presented. The objective of the workshop was to formulate a conceptual framework for language instruction in a multicultural context that would be in harmony with the aspirations and interests of the population of individual countries and that would contribute to bringing national communities together in a spirit of justice and mutual respect. The discussion of the following issues is outlined: (1) linguistic profile of Asia and Oceania, (2) typology and dynamics of multilingualism, (3) assessment of cultural influence and oral traditions in relation to multilingualism in Asia and Oceania, (4) examination of current trends in national education and language situations with special reference to objectives and practice related particularly to local languages used as teaching subjects and media of instrucion, and (5) review of technical problems of language development. The discussion of each of these topics is summarized in outline form, and a number of general and specific recommendations resulting from the discussions are given. Generally, the recommendations focus on ways of exploiting multilingualism through public policy, formal and non-formal education, recognition of cultural diversity, increase in collaborative efforts with international organizations, and attention to teacher education. (AMH)
Descriptors: Bilingual Education, Cultural Pluralism, Developing Nations, Language of Instruction, Language Planning, Multilingualism, Native Language Instruction, Second Language Instruction, Sociolinguistics
Division of Structures, Content, Methods, and Techniques of Education (ED/SCM), Unesco, 7, place de Fontenoy, 75700 Paris, France.
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization, Paris (France).
Identifiers: Asia; Pacific Islands