ERIC Number: ED363133
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
The National Languages and Literacy Institute of Australia: A Distinctive Model for Language Planning and for a Language-in-Education Planning Agency?
Lo Bianco, Joseph
A discussion of language policy in Australia chronicles the history and context of policy formation and looks at the role of the National Languages and Literacy Institute. The paper first examines the phases and processes of both explicit and unofficial policy-making on language issues in Australia, highlighting the role that language professionals (teachers, linguists, and applied linguistics) have played in the evolution of national language policies. Then the National Languages and Literacy Institute and its main areas of work are described. The Institute is a decentralized policy research organization established in 1990, owned by the States and Territories of Australia and the federal government, with partnership involvement of the universities, immigration and cultural agencies, business and labor, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander groups. The discussion also traces some of the tensions and conflicts inherent in coordinating and conducting research intended for solving educational and social problems related to language. Finally, some of the directions and debates in contemporary language policy are analyzed, and comments are made on the role that explicit linguistic knowledge and research could play in resolving problems and implementing policy successfully. (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Australian National Languages and Literacy Inst., Deakin.
Identifiers: Australia; National Languages and Literacy Inst (Australia)
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Association for Applied Linguistics (15th, Atlanta, GA, April 1993).