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ERIC Number: EJ814541
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Apr
Pages: 16
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0022-0620
Languages of Higher Education in Contemporary Israel
Kheimets, Nina G.; Epstein, Alek D.
Journal of Educational Administration and History, v37 n1 p55-70 Apr 2005
That English has become a necessary tool in the modern scientist's intellectual equipment, seems to be unquestionable nowadays. English is most likely chosen as the most convenient medium of international communication when the local academic community decides to communicate with the external world. Most Israeli scholars, including those who publish in scientific journals, publish their research findings in English. Israeli, as well as European, universities face new linguistic situations and difficult language policy decisions as a result of the growing internationalization and Anglicization of their curricula and research. Often an increase in the use of English for spoken or written communication is involved, which may entail a related decrease in the use of the local language--Hebrew. From a sociolinguistic perspective, this may be construed as a move towards diglossia, and give rise to fears that the Hebrew language will inevitably be diminished (the situation in a number of small European countries seems to be similar). This article observes that in Israel, as elsewhere, English has become the "de facto" second language of academic life. (Contains 1 table and 32 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Israel