In this Centre for Research in Education in Asia (CREA) presentation, Tony Liddicoat, Professor in the Department of Applied Linguistics at the University of Warwick, will examine general patterns in language-in-education policy in the Asia-Pacific region. His research has a particular focus on official government policies on languages and their use in education.
The presentation will begin by considering three main areas of language-in-education policy that are of particular significance for understanding the region. These are:
- the focus on national languages and policies relating to medium of instruction
- the teaching and learning of additional languages as second or foreign languages
- the place of minority languages.
Overall, the presentation will argue that most countries in the region have adopted language-in-education policies that give attention to two languages only – the national language and English – and that other languages have been marginalised in education, although there are some cases where a greater range of languages is included in educational contexts.
Speaker: Professor Tony Liddicoat
Tony Liddicoat is Professor in the Department of Applied Linguistics at the University of Warwick and Adjunct Professor in Justice and Society at the University of South Australia. He is a Fellow of the UK Academy of Social Sciences and the Executive Editor of Current Issues in Language Planning and Co-editor of the book series Language and Intercultural Communication in Education (Multilingual Matters).
His research interests include issues relating to the teaching and learning of intercultural capabilities in language education and language policy and planning and he has published widely in each of these areas.
His recent books include Médiation interculturelle en didactiques des langues et des cultures/Intercultural mediation in the teaching and learning of languages and cultures (2023, Editions des archives contemporain, with Martine Derivry-Plard et al.), Teaching and learning second language pragmatics for intercultural understanding (2022, Routledge, with Troy McConachy), Introduction to conversation analysis (2021, Bloomsbury), Routledge international handbook of language education policy in Asia (2019, Routledge) Language policy and planning in universities: Teaching, research and administration (2017, Routledge).
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The event will take place in 1 West North 3.09 on the University of Bath campus.
It will also be available as a live stream, which you can watch via Zoom