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ERIC Number: EJ885111
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 14
ISSN: ISSN-0143-4632
Cultural and Linguistic Diversity of the Baltic States in a New Europe
Savickien, Ineta; Kaledaite, Violeta
Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development, v26 n5 p442-452 2005
Language questions are increasingly on the agenda in Europe. This paper addresses some problematic aspects of language teaching and learning that have come to the fore in the Baltic states after the European Union enlargement of 2004. First, the paper aims at providing relevant information about language policies in the former USSR and the independent Baltic states of today. This material is discussed in the light of the sociolinguistic changes that have occurred in the three Baltic states, Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia, over the last 15 years or so. Another issue under consideration is the current status and future prospects of teaching Lithuanian to foreigners in an enlarged Europe. Multilingualism is a value much asserted by European authorities. However, the goal of ensuring that the citizens of Europe are actually multilingual is far from being attained. While independence and the new status of Lithuanian as a state language have extended its area of use and increased demand for the teaching of Lithuanian, a new approach to methodologies and material design for teaching Lithuanian as a foreign language have to be developed in order to meet the requirements of the new prospective learners. (Contains 4 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Estonia; Latvia; Lithuania; USSR