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ERIC Number: EJ1176912
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018
Pages: 25
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-1747-7506
The Question of Languages and the Medium of Instruction in Morocco
Alalou, Ali
Current Issues in Language Planning, v19 n2 p136-160 2018
Any country's choice of the medium of instruction (MOI) reveals a lot about its social, cultural, economic, and political agenda. The question of MOI in North Africa, and more precisely in Morocco, has been a thorny issue since the country's independence in 1956. This article aims at contributing to the debate around which of Morocco's two main languages, French and Modern Standard Arabic, should be chosen as MOI in public schools. The article discusses some of the reasons that led to the recent decision to reinstate French language as a MOI in Morocco's education after decades of Arabization policy. Moreover, the article examines the effects of language planning on the quality of education and the identity debate as conservative Islamist ideologies have begun to play an important role in Morocco's political discourse and cultural debate. In addition, following the recognition of Amazigh language, the paper discusses the sensitive debate concerning Morocco's multilingual and multicultural identity.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Morocco
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