ERIC Number: ED366227
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992
Reference Count: N/A
Towards a Language Policy for Education in Papua New Guinea.
Language role and language policy in education in Papua New Guinea (PNG) are discussed. First, the history of language policy since the turn of the century is chronicled briefly. The present policy of requiring initial literacy education in English is described and its critics cited, and current proposals to provide literacy education in each child's native language are outlined. The failure of literate multilingualism in PNG, problems of widespread semilingualism, evolving language prejudice, and trends in English pidginization are examined as they are perceived in PNG and in the context of linguistic research. A portion of this discussion focuses on pidginization patterns, code-switching, and code-mixing, with examples provided. Recommendations are made for a language syllabus to replace the current English syllabus, emphasizing, in addition to traditional linguistic and pragmatic aspects of language, the understanding of the interaction between languages. Finally, implications for the teaching of languages for specific purposes are noted. A 107-item bibliography is included. (MSE)
Descriptors: Bilingualism, Change Strategies, Educational Policy, Elementary Secondary Education, English (Second Language), Foreign Countries, Language Attitudes, Language of Instruction, Language Planning, Language Role, Language Variation, Languages for Special Purposes, Literacy Education, Multilingualism, Native Language Instruction, Pidgins, Policy Formation, Public Policy
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Papua New Guinea
Note: Paper presented at a Meeting of the Faculty of Education (Waigani, Papua New Guinea, August 31-September 4, 1992).