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University of Pennsylvania

2015

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Evaluations In Mexico: Institutionalizing The Silence Of Indigenous Populations, Aldo A. Tapia Oct 2015

Evaluations In Mexico: Institutionalizing The Silence Of Indigenous Populations, Aldo A. Tapia

Working Papers in Educational Linguistics (WPEL)

This paper frames the role of national assessments in Mexico from the sociology of absences perspective, where the marginalized are actively produced as non-existent. The ENLACE (now PLANEA), as the most publicized Mexican assessment, is analyzed in order to understand how education mechanisms systematically omit the voices and languages of minoritized populations. Using governmental policies and documents, this paper argues that Indigenous children in basic education are intentionally caught in a cycle of assessment inequalities by the institutionalization of one-language, one-culture assessment tools. Overall, the paper advocates for the design of just assessment tools that have clear pedagogical intentions and ...


The Social Life Of Orthography Development, Coleman Donaldson Oct 2015

The Social Life Of Orthography Development, Coleman Donaldson

Working Papers in Educational Linguistics (WPEL)

From a linguistic perspective the development of orthography for a language is often taken as a scientific endeavor involving the adoption of a set of graphic conventions for mapping the phonemic system of a language. In this paper I unpack how orthography development and use is necessarily wrapped up in socio-political debates. Approaching orthography graphically, I demonstrate how spelling itself frequently carries implicit metacommentary connected to these debates. Next, looking at orthography’s link with speech I argue that ideologies of language in departmentalized linguistics ignore and obscure the way orthography interacts with register phenomena within a language.


Ethnic Multilingual Education In China: A Critical Observation, Ge Wang Oct 2015

Ethnic Multilingual Education In China: A Critical Observation, Ge Wang

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This paper reviews the ethnic multilingual policies and practices in China in general and Yunnan in particular. It first introduces the demographic features and multilingual policies in Yunnan and then discusses the challenges of ethnic minority education in China from a critical perspective in terms of policy and curriculum. It is argued that it is necessary to re-conceptualize ethnic minority learners in an ever dynamic sociocultural discourse in contemporary China. The author proposes to deepen the research in ethnic multilingual education so as to develop a curriculum to meet the needs of ethnic multicultural learners in the 21st century and ...


Ways Of Talking (And Acting) About Language Reclamation: An Ethnographic Perspective On Learning Lenape In Pennsylvania, Nancy H. Hornberger, Haley De Korne, Miranda Weinberg Apr 2015

Ways Of Talking (And Acting) About Language Reclamation: An Ethnographic Perspective On Learning Lenape In Pennsylvania, Nancy H. Hornberger, Haley De Korne, Miranda Weinberg

Working Papers in Educational Linguistics (WPEL)

The experiences of a community of people learning and teaching Lenape in Pennsylvania provide insights into the complexities of current ways of talking and acting about language reclamation. We illustrate how Native and non-Native participants in a university-based Indigenous language class constructed language, identity, and place in nuanced ways that, although influenced by essentializing discourses of language endangerment, are largely pluralist and reflexive. Rather than counting and conserving fixed languages, the actors in this study focus on locally appropriate language education, undertaken with participatory classroom discourses and practices. We argue that locally responsible, participatory educational responses to language endangerment such ...


Foreign Language Education Planning In China Since 1949: A Recurrent Instrumentalist Discourse, Yeting Liu Apr 2015

Foreign Language Education Planning In China Since 1949: A Recurrent Instrumentalist Discourse, Yeting Liu

Working Papers in Educational Linguistics (WPEL)

Foreign language education planning (FLEP) has been caught in the political turmoil and hustle of ongoing economic reform in the People’s Republic of China for several decades. This paper situates a recurring instrumentalist discourse of FLEP in China in the underlying language ideologies and historical contexts from 1949 to present day. Utilizing Cooper’s (1989) guiding question of “who makes what decisions, why, how, under what conditions, and with what effect?” (p. 88), this paper examines the decision-making process in language planning across several decades. A discussion of the repercussions of this instrumentalist approach to FLEP in different time ...


Outlooks In Italy: Clil As Language Education Policy, Andrea R. Leone Apr 2015

Outlooks In Italy: Clil As Language Education Policy, Andrea R. Leone

Working Papers in Educational Linguistics (WPEL)

The recent implementation of Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL) in the fifth and final year of secondary schools in Italy carries with it a number of important implications for teachers, students, and policymakers. This paper seeks to demonstrate that at the local, national, and supranational levels, CLIL raises questions about education quality, access, and equity. Italy’s CLIL mandate is conceptualized here as a national language education policy situated within the larger European plurilingualism discourse as defined by the goal of “mother tongue plus two.” This discussion also seeks to demonstrate that CLIL, as it is conducted in Italian ...


Negotiating Ideological And Implementational Spaces For Indigenous Languages In Peru, Frances K. Dueñas Apr 2015

Negotiating Ideological And Implementational Spaces For Indigenous Languages In Peru, Frances K. Dueñas

Working Papers in Educational Linguistics (WPEL)

This paper draws on the concepts of ideological and implementational spaces (Hornberger, 2002) to understand how different actors, at different historical moments characterized by the emergence and development of multilingual policies, and at different layers of the language planning and policy onion (Ricento & Hornberger, 1996), have sought to carve up, fill in and re-imagine spaces for the inclusion of Indigenous languages in Peru. Following a historical-textual analysis, I offer a historical and contemporary analysis of four instances of multilingual policy negotiation, addressing their contributions and shortcomings as well as pointing to areas of future research. Implications are offered for language ...