ERIC Number: ED234617
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983
Reference Count: 0
Development Education, Language Planning, and Language Policy: An Overview of the Fields with Respect to the Teaching of English.
Theoretical constructs related to the spread of English, language policy and planning, and development education are examined. Development education is a special field that considers the relationship between education and development worldwide. Perspectives on the relationship of education to national development have greatly changed over the past 30 years. These varying perspectives are reviewed and future research in the field is considered. Language planning and language policy both influence language development. Language planning consists of coordinated measures to select, codify, and elaborate orthographic, grammatical, lexical, or semantic features of a language and to disseminate the results. Developing nations often cannot afford to spend scarce resources on language planning. Such political considerations influence language planning. Another major influence is related to the nature of language teaching itself. There is a close link between the ethical commitment of educators and their perceptions of their roles in the education process of developing nations. From the perspectives of native English speaking educators as well as nonnative speaker language educators, English language policy is a political and emotional issue. (RW)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (17th, Toronto, Ontario, March 15-20, 1983).