Language Policies in English-dominant Countries: Six Case Studies

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Michael L. Herriman, Barbara Burnaby
Multilingual Matters, Jan 1, 1996 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 244 pages
This text provides an analysis of current policies on language(s) in the USA, Canada, Britain, New Zealand, South Africa and Australia. The linguistic background of each country is examined along with the status of languages, as determined by statute or practice. Consequences for all languages and language education are also analyzed.

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Michael Herriman is director of the Centre for ESL and Senior Lecturer in Applied Linguistics in the University of Western Australia. He has conducted several governmental reviews of ESL in Australia and has been a member of government inquiry bodies reviewing the teaching of languages other than English and Multicultural Education. Barbara Burnaby is a professor in the Department of Adult Education and the Modern Language Centre at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education in Toronto, Canada. Her research focuses on ESL for adult immigrants and on English and Aboriginal languages in education for Aboriginal peoples in Canada.

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