ERIC Number: ED343389
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987
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Language as a Target and Instrument of the Educational Process in a Multilingual Setting.
Tomic, Olga Miseska
Contact between languages in the multilingual school context of Yugoslavia is examined. In that country, 12 languages are spoken and taught as a native language; ten function as predominant languages in larger or smaller communities, three are predominant within a republic, and one (Serbo-Croatian) is designated as the official language. It is noted that while second language instruction is available, it is the student who chooses which of the 11 non-native languages he will study. In most cases, student choice of second language depends heavily on the ethnolinguistic characteristics of the community. Native Serbo-Croatian speakers generally show little interest in learning another language. The character of language preparation in bilingual systems also varies greatly, depending on the linguistic, political, and intellectual demands of the immediate environment. The situation is even more complex for dialects, which the educational system hardly acknowledges. It is concluded that dialects should be respected just as native languages should in the development of the individual, assuming that they do not compromise communication. (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
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Note: In: Equality in Language Learning. Proceedings of the Nordic Conference of Applied Linguistics (5th, Jyvaskyla, Finland, June 4-7, 1987); see FL 020 065.