ERIC Number: ED389188
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
Evolving Linguistic Patterns in Europe. Occasional Papers, 17.
Discussion of the current language situation in Europe looks first at the compelling political changes affecting language policies, then examines progress toward implementation of the modern languages component of the National Curriculum for England and Wales. It is noted that Europe differs from other eastern hemisphere regions in that in most countries, the native language of the majority of the population is the largest language spoken. Another trend in Eastern Europe is the emergence of smaller, independent countries, reducing the number of states with large linguistic minorities and creating a closer relationship between linguistic community and nation-state. These developments have in common an increase in the status and functions of minority/former minority languages and consequent increase in language-related policy formation. With regard to implementation of languages component of the National Curriculum of England and Wales, it is concluded that notable advances have been made in some areas, particularly better funding and improved academic standards, increased use of the target language in the classroom, interest in language learning processes, integration of languages within the general curriculum, and better language teaching in special education. Inservice teacher education and teacher assessment persist as areas of concern. (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Southampton Univ. (England). Centre for Language Education.
Identifiers: England; Europe; Wales
Note: Speech presented at Anniversary Lecture (25th, University of Southampton, England, United Kingdom, November 4, 1993).