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ERIC Number: EJ1126277
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 19
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-1747-7506
Icelandic for Adult Foreigners: Effects of Imposing an Icelandic Language Test
Innes, Pamela; Skaptadóttir, Unnur Dís
Current Issues in Language Planning, v18 n1 p68-86 2017
Legislation linking language course attendance and passage of a language test for residence visas and citizenship, respectively, was enacted in Iceland in the early 2000s. Curricular guidelines and the language test were developed as a result. Research in other countries suggests such structures cause teachers to create "de facto" policies aligning with legislative goals. We explore here whether school administrators and teachers of adult foreigners find the curricular model and examination have affected their materials and practices. Results of our study suggest that the diffuse nature of governance of language schools for adult learners and an ideology endorsing autonomy allow administrators and teachers to assert more independence from the "de jure" policy than is found elsewhere.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Adult Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Iceland
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