Tag: languagepolicy

Kazakhstan's President Nazarbayev has announced a timeline to switch the country's writing system over from the Cyrillic to the Latin script with full implementation occurring by 2025. According to the state-owned "Egemen Kazakhstan" newspaper, Nazarbayev has asked the government to start "preparatory work" and "create a schedule for the switch" with the first deadline looming at the end of this...

The American Academy of Arts and Sciences (AAAS) delivered its final report on the future of language education to the U.S. Congress yesterday, recommending “a national strategy to improve access to as many languages as possible for people of every region, ethnicity, and socioeconomic background.” “America’s Languages: Investing in Language Education for the 21st Century,” which was produced in response...

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Nehemías Giménez García sees a boost for multilingualism in a multi-party government. On Sunday, December 20th, the Spanish democratic system won. The general election results, boasting 73.2% voter participation, virtually abolished the two-party political system. One challenge that lies ahead of the new multi-party democracy is to develop policies rooted in alliances and agreements to facilitate the next 4-year legislature. Nevertheless,...

With general elections just days ahead, Spain’s Partido Popular (PP) has proposed a plan to support education, and a significant aspect of the plan is to promote languages. The Partido Popular’s proposal, which has been called the Pacto de Estado por la Educación, consists of bolstering instruction in the sciences, investing in improving and standardizing teacher training, and strengthening...

Tan Sri Adenan Satem, the Chief Minister of Sarawak, one of two Malaysian states on the island of Borneo, is stirring up controversy by giving the English language equal status to Bahasa Malaysia as the preferred official language of the Sarawak state administration. “We are not living on the moon and I am being practical,” Adenan said of his decision. “It...

Council members have called on the Department of Education, "to amend the administrative code of the city of New York in relation to foreign language courses offered in New York city public schools." This new legislation would require tracking of the number of students in dual-language and foreign-language programs including grade levels and detailed reports on instruction. Council member...

India and Germany resolved the sticky German language issue during Chancellor Angela Merkel's visit last month. Once again, students in Kendriya Vidyalaya schools (KVs) will be able to opt for German as an additional foreign language in conformity with the National Education Policy, the Union Ministry of Human Resource Development announced after signing a joint declaration of intent with...

The Native Language Immersion Student Achievement Act, originally introduced in early 2014, passed another legislative landmark and was advanced by the Senate Affairs Committee. The measure creates a grant initiative to help establish native language education for Native Hawaiian, American Indian, and Alaskan Native students as well as revitalize and maintain America's indigenous languages, of which there are approximately...

Ghana's Minister for Education, Professor Jane Naana Opoku Agyemang, recently stated her intentions to push through the current language policy, which mandates English language instruction, at the highest level so that school children can be taught in their mother tongue. “ we can remove , we will change this country," she said at a recent Shared Prosperity Forum conducted in an effort...

Schools in South Africa will begin offering instruction in various African languages beginning next year. "This means that schools that previously offered English and Afrikaans will now be mandated to offer African languages from Grade 1 and continue incrementally year-on-year," Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga told reporters in Pretoria. The minister also took the opportunity to clear up what she...