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ERIC Number: EJ822432
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Aug
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 25
ISSN: ISSN-1466-4208
Putting Germany's Language Tests to the Test: An Examination of the Development, Implementation and Efficacy of Using Language Proficiency Tests to Mediate German Citizenship
Laversuch, Iman Makeba
Current Issues in Language Planning, v9 n3 p282-298 Aug 2008
In an attempt to unify the nation's naturalisation policies, Germany has introduced compulsory language tests as a prerequisite for citizenship. Reactions to this new policy have been sharply divided. After a brief introduction to the sociocultural demography of modern Germany, critical insights are provided into controversial use of literacy as a post-9/11 pre-condition of citizenship. A detailed description is given of cross-regional variations in policy implementation. To do this, a contrastive case study is provided of Bavaria and Saxony-Anhalt. Finally, conclusions are drawn regarding the use of language proficiency as a societal mediator of public rights and privileges. (Contains 2 tables and 7 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Germany