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ERIC Number: EJ866987
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 23
ISSN: ISSN-1543-4303
Language Testing in the Context of Citizenship and Asylum: The Case of Estonia
Zabrodskaja, Anastassia
Language Assessment Quarterly, v6 n1 p61-70 2009
The focus of the current article is language testing in the context of citizenship and asylum in Estonia, a country that regained independence in 1991. Estonian as the single official language of the country (according to the new language legislation laws) and a new political system have caused changes in use of and attitudes toward Estonian among the Russian-speaking population, which is the local majoritized minority. At the same time new language, citizenship, and education laws have begun to enforce the use of Estonian. As part of a summary of these laws, the article also touches on the challenges currently faced by the country in fulfilling the needs and rights of the local Russian-speakers who, it is argued, cannot be treated as a traditional linguistic minority as normally understood. (Contains 4 footnotes and 3 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Estonia