1st Edition

The Routledge International Handbook of Language Education Policy in Asia

Edited By Andy Kirkpatrick, Anthony J. Liddicoat Copyright 2019
    496 Pages
    by Routledge

    496 Pages
    by Routledge

    This must-have handbook offers a comprehensive survey of the field. It reviews the language education policies of Asia, encompassing 30 countries sub-divided by regions, namely East, Southeast, South and Central Asia, and considers the extent to which these are being implemented and with what effect.

    The most recent iteration of language education policies of each of the countries is described and the impact and potential consequence of any change is critically considered. Each country chapter provides a historical overview of the languages in use and language education policies, examines the ideologies underpinning the language choices, and includes an account of the debates and controversies surrounding language and language education policies, before concluding with some predictions for the future.

    Notes on contributors

    Part 1: Overview
    1. Language education policy in Asia: An overview
    Andy Kirkpatrick and Anthony J. Liddicoat
    2. Minority Language Learning in Mainland Southeast Asia
    David Bradley
    3. L1-based multilingual education in the Asia and Pacific region and beyond: Where are we, and where do we need to go?
    Carol Benson

    Part 2: Asia
    4. Language Policies in Education in the People’s Republic of China
    Anwei Feng and Bob Adamson
    5. Language education policy in Hong Kong
    Anita Y.K. Poon
    6. Educational Language Policy in Macau: Finding balance between Chinese, English and Portuguese
    Andrew Moody
    7. Language education policy in Japan
    Nobuyuki Honna and Junko Saruhashi
    8. Language Education Policies in South Korea
    Jihyeon Jeon
    9. Language education policy in North Korea
    Jae Jung Song
    10. Mongolia: Language Education Policy
    Phillip Marzluf and Myagmar Saruul-Erdene
    11. Language education policy in Taiwan
    Li-ying Wu and Ken Lau

    Part 3: South-East Asia
    12. Language-in-Education Policy Development in the Philippines
    Catherine Young and Tony Igcalinos
    13. Language education policy in Vietnam
    Xuan Nhat Chi Mai Nguyen and Van Huy Nguyen
    14. Lao Language Policy
    Cliff Meyers
    15. Language education policy in Cambodia
    Kimmo Kosonen
    16. Language education policy in Thailand
    John Draper
    17. Language Policy in Myanmar
    Patrick McCormick
    18. Malaysia’s Complex Language Policy Journey via Bahasa Melayu and English
    Saran Kaur Gil and Azianura Hani Shaari
    19. Language Education Policy: Singapore
    Ritu Jain and Lionel Wee
    20. Language education policy in Indonesia –a struggle for unity in diversity
    Michelle Kohler
    21. Postcolonial language-in-education policy in globalised times: The case of Timor-Leste
    Kerry Taylor-Leech
    22. Language Policy and Practice in Brunei Darussalam
    Noor Azam Haji-Othman, James McLellan and Gary Jones

    Part 4: South Asia
    23. Language policy in education in India
    Ajit K. Mohanty
    24. Language Education Policy and Inequalities of Multilingualism in Nepal: Ideologies, Histories and Updates
    Prem Phyak and Laxmi Prasad Ojha
    25. Language Policy in Bhutan
    Lhundup Dukpa
    26. Mother Tongue Education Policy in Pakistan
    Tariq Rahman
    27. Language in education policy in Bangladesh: A neoliberal turn?
    M. Obaidul Hamid and Arifa Rahman
    28. Language Education Policy in Sri Lanka
    Indika Liyanage
    29. From a monolingual to a multilingual nation: Analysing the language education policy in the Maldives
    Naashia Mohamed

    Part 5: Central Asia
    30. Language education policy in Afghanistan
    Brian Spooner and Senzil Nawid
    31. Language Planning and Language Policy in Kazakhstan
    Timothy Reagan
    32. Language-in-education policy in the Central Asian republics of Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan
    Anthony J. Liddicoat.




    Andy Kirkpatrick is Professor in the Department of Humanities, Languages and Social Sciences at Griffith University, Australia.

    Anthony J. Liddicoat is Professor in Applied Linguistics at the University of Warwick, United Kingdom.

    'It can be a difficult task to keep up with the rapid changes in language education policy as Asian nations try their best to balance preservation of their own languages and adding proficiency in other languages as demanded by the globalized market. This new handbook, edited by two scholars with long experience in the field and with chapters written by local experts, is exactly the resource you need to navigate this everchanging area. It is a significant addition to the literature on the topic.' - Bernard Spolsky, Professor Emeritus, Bar-Ilan University, Israel

    'Choices in language education policy in Asia are remarkably complex.  The region contains the most linguistically diverse societies on earth, enriched by ancient and validated literary traditions and dozens of scripts and orthographic traditions.  This Handbook will be an invaluable intellectual and practical resource for researchers, teachers, policy makers and community members.  It is an impressive effort with a comprehensive coverage of countries and geographic regions, language education policy types and their effects.' - Joseph Lo Bianco, Professor of Language and Literacy Education, University of Melbourne, Australia