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Promoting language education for all in multilingual nations: insights from recent policy papers

Professor Terry Wiley

Date: Wednesday 22 November 2017

Time: 5:00pm – 6:30pm

Location: Room H6-12, Hawke Building, UniSA City West campus

Registration: email MELC at decdmec [at] sa.gov.au

Download and print the event flyer (PDF 476KB).

In recent years, a number of language scholars and scientists have put forward proactive policy analyses that address the question of how to better promote policy options that:

  • address the educational needs of linguistically diverse citizens to learn dominant national languages (eg English)
  • recognise the positive value of maintaining and promoting home and community languages
  • improve the linguistic and cultural knowledge of the monolingual majority.

This presentation (PDF 272KB) will discuss the research findings and recommendations of recent policy initiatives and white papers that offer positive options to meet the necessities of a diversity citizenry while building on the resources of communities, to meet individual goals and national economic needs.

Professor Wiley (PDF 349KB) will offer several examples from the United States where, despite its current internal political schisms, progress is being made at the state and local levels in the arena of dual language policy.

About the lecturer

Terrence G. Wiley is Professor Emeritus, Arizona State University and past President of the Center for Applied Linguistics, Washington, DC. Recent publications include Review of Research in Education: Language Policy, Politics, and Diversity in Education (co-editor).

He co-founded the Journal of Language, Identity and Education and the International Multilingual Research Journal. He is also organiser of the International Language Policy Research Network (AILA) and a recipient of the American Association for Applied Linguistics Distinguished Scholarship and Service Award.


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