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ERIC Number: ED409732
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-May
Pages: 19
Abstractor: N/A
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An Overview of Language and Literacy Issues in Singapore.
Cheah, Yin Mee
A discussion of the language and literacy situation in Singapore looks at the role of each of the four official languages (English, Mandarin Chinese, Tamil, and Malay) and at trends and issues in adult and vocational education for labor force development. Usage patterns of each official language, common dialects and varieties and their use, and the politics of language planning are outlined. The role of ethnic groups in determining language use is considered. Literacy patterns for each of the official languages are examined and factors affecting literacy are noted, including educational policy, social changes, development of the global marketplace, and historical and socioeconomic factors across and within language groups. The evolution and influence of public policy concerning bilingualism are noted. Vocational and adult education systems are described. Issues related to literacy and workforce development are explored, focusing on the two directions from which they are currently being addressed: the school curriculum, and adult and vocational education. Issues discussed include competition between languages, even within the school context, the effects of multilingualism, and the relevance to the workplace of the literacy skill being taught. Contains 27 references. (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Singapore