ERIC Number: ED312896
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-May
Developing a Language Competent American Society: The Role of Language Planning.
Tucker, G. Richard
Increasingly, applied linguists have been working with counterpart teachers who are subject-matter specialists to develop innovative programs to integrate the teaching of language and content. In some places, integration of language and content instruction involves implementation of two-way bilingual (interlocking) immersion programs. Such work falls into the general rubric of language (education) policy or planning. The role of language in education in several disparate settings is illustrated by the adoption of different policies and practices. In the People's Republic of China, English is taught non-intensively as a foreign language as part of the regular middle school curriculum, followed by more intensive English for special purposes for those with a demonstrable need for further study in English. Nigeria provides transitional bilingual education with a limited maintenance component. The Philippines offers full bilingual education with a complete integration of language and content instruction throughout education cycles. The process by which a country chooses an appropriate model represents educational language planning. This process has relevance for policy formation in the United States. (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Center for Applied Linguistics, Washington, DC.
Note: Paper presented at McGill University Conference on Bilingualism (Montreal, Canada, May 1989).