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Vennela, R.; Kandharaja, K. M. C. – Current Issues in Language Planning, 2021
This study investigates language attitudes expressed by public university students in India at various layers of agentive "positionality" as an integral part of their dynamic language ecologies. This is achieved through the qualitative analysis of three focus group interviews conducted at three public universities in India with the…
Descriptors: Language Attitudes, Student Attitudes, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning
Finardi, Kyria Rebeca; Guimarães, Felipe Furtado – Current Issues in Language Planning, 2021
This study discusses agency in language policy and planning (LPP) development from the perspective of Brazilian national language policies reflected in the local LPP programme/initiative of a public university in the Southeast region of the country. With that goal, national and local (institutional) documents are analysed and contrasted with the…
Descriptors: Language Planning, Public Policy, Foreign Countries, International Education
Cheng, Jingyan; Wei, Li – Current Issues in Language Planning, 2021
Cooper's (1989) LPP framework focuses on 'who' the policy planner is and 'who' implements the policy to 'whom.' These are particularly significant factors in a highly centralized education system such as China's, where the effect of different individuals as actors in LPP remains largely unexplored. This article examines the controversy around the…
Descriptors: Language Planning, Educational Change, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction
Badwan, Khawla – Current Issues in Language Planning, 2021
Post-modern approaches to language policy have emphasised the role of agency in implementing and appropriating language policies. While agency is often perceived in positive terms, Liddicoat [(2019). Constraints on agency in micro-language policy and planning in schools. In J. Bouchard & G. P. Glasgow (Eds.), "Agency in language policy…
Descriptors: Language Planning, Educational Policy, Language Usage, Stakeholders
Mohamed, Naashia – Current Issues in Language Planning, 2021
This paper explores the agentive role of school leaders in interpreting and implementing macro language education policies at preschool level in the Maldives. The Preschool Management Act of 2012 initiated a change in the medium of instruction from English to Dhivehi, recognising the importance of developing children's literacy skills in the…
Descriptors: Case Studies, Language Planning, Decision Making, Administrator Attitudes
Shepherd, Elizabeth; McEntee-Atalianis, Lisa – Current Issues in Language Planning, 2021
This paper contributes to recent discussions of levels of agency in Language Policy and Planning (LPP) research. It specifically aims to understand the role and importance of meso-level actors as arbiters of policy implementation. It argues that, whilst understanding of both macro- and micro-agency has grown over the past decade, little is…
Descriptors: Educational Policy, Policy Analysis, Language Planning, Language Research
Tsang, Samuel C. S. – Current Issues in Language Planning, 2021
Ever since the transfer of sovereignty over Hong Kong from the United Kingdom to the People's Republic of China on 1 July 1997, policy makers in Hong Kong have instituted a series of de-colonising language policies, notably Mother Tongue Education (Education Department, 1997. "Medium of instruction guidance for secondary schools."…
Descriptors: Chinese, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Language Teachers
Schornack, Miranda Lee; Karlsson, A. – Current Issues in Language Planning, 2021
Speakers of languages other than English are positioned as problems within education systems and 'low' academic English proficiency is viewed as something to be fixed. Alternative education programs are typically viewed as punitive, substandard, exclusionary academic settings. Therefore, speakers of languages other than English (ELs) enrolled in…
Descriptors: Language Proficiency, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Nontraditional Education
Weinberg, Miranda – Current Issues in Language Planning, 2021
Analyzing three cases of school-level language policy decision-making in Nepal shows that each school had a pair of language policy arbiters, actors with disproportionate power over language policy decisions. The permissive but passive stance of Nepal's government toward providing multilingual schooling including minoritized languages created a…
Descriptors: Language Planning, Decision Making, Ethnography, Power Structure
Le, Manh Duc; Nguyen, Hoa Thi Mai; Burns, Anne – Current Issues in Language Planning, 2021
Teacher agency has become a growing research interest in language education, especially at the critical juncture of widespread globalisation, when many nations including Vietnam, the context of the study, have promulgated a new language policy to respond to this transformation. However, teacher agency remains under-examined despite a small number…
Descriptors: Language Teachers, Elementary School Teachers, Teacher Empowerment, Teaching Methods
Chen, Xiuwen; Tao, Jian; Zhao, Ke – Current Issues in Language Planning, 2021
In contrast to the waning interest in learning languages other than English (LOTEs) worldwide, mainland China is pursuing to diversify LOTE education because of the 'Belt and Road Initiative.' In response to language policy shifts, individual stakeholders in local contexts such as universities have to take actions to initiate LOTE programs or…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Multilingualism, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction
Poudel, Prem Prasad; Choi, Tae-Hee – Current Issues in Language Planning, 2021
The medium of instruction (MOI) has been a contested issue in multilingual polities globally, as English medium of instruction (EMI) has seen unprecedented growth, threatening the use and sometimes very survival of local/indigenous and even national languages. While the struggles to address related issues have been well researched, how and why…
Descriptors: Multilingualism, Language of Instruction, Language Planning, Educational Policy
Liddicoat, Anthony J.; Taylor-Leech, Kerry – Current Issues in Language Planning, 2021
The role of agency in language planning and policy (LPP) is a recent focus of scholarship. Interest in agency has seen new issues and contexts being given prominence in LPP research. In this introduction, we present an overview of theoretical definitions of agency and the ways it has emerged as a concept in LPP scholarship. We consider how…
Descriptors: Language Planning, Decision Making, Scholarship, Personal Autonomy
Carruthers, Janice; Nandi, Anik – Current Issues in Language Planning, 2021
This article explores policy and practice in relation to support for speakers of community languages in Northern Ireland primary schools against the backdrop of the broader UK context, with reference also to the Republic of Ireland and wider European and international experiences. After an initial discussion of the educational, social and…
Descriptors: Case Studies, Elementary School Students, Educational Policy, Educational Practices
Manan, Syed Abdul; Channa, Liaquat Ali; David, Maya Khemlani; Amin, Muhammad – Current Issues in Language Planning, 2021
The study is underpinned by the public sphere paradigm, which emphasizes that language policy and planning (LPP) should be studied from the actual practices of local stakeholders/agents and communities within the local sites. This approach allows researchers to understand the complex, multilayered, and dynamic process of policy interpretation,…
Descriptors: Professional Identity, Language Planning, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction
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