Educational Language Policies
This course examines and analyzes contemporary and historical language policies at the state level in Massachusetts, at the national level, and in international contexts. Throughout the course, theoretical and methodological issues in language planning and policy (LPP) are highlighted. In true comparative stance, special emphasis will be placed on comparing U.S. experiences with those of other nations. As well, the relationship between language attitudes and educational policy formation will be studied. By the end of the course, students will demonstrate understanding of main issues in language policy and planning, and will articulate understanding of the complex factors that inform language planning decisions at local, state, and national levels. Finally, students are expected to leave the course well equipped with the core analytical skills needed to engage in research on LPP, including data collection, analysis, and presentation.