Foreign language education policy on the horizon

Foreign language education policy on the horizon INTRODUCTIONOn the occasion of the 50th anniversary of Foreign Language Annals, I was invited to share my thoughts on future directions in language policy. Language policy has developed into a major area of research, with several summary works that document the current body of knowledge and possibilities for future research (e.g., McCarty & May, ; Ricento, ; Spolsky, ; Tollefson & Pérez‐Milans, in press). I do not attempt here to encapsulate the field or to speculate broadly about future research directions. Instead, I offer some thoughts based on my own perspective, grounded in my reading and work in language policy. I do so taking to heart Lin's (, p. 30) advice about positionality in language policy research and “acknowledging the necessarily partial or limited nature of any single position/study/perspective.” It would be impossible to attempt to develop any sort of comprehensive, programmatic agenda for the next 50 years of the field. Thus I focus in particular on what the field of language policy can contribute to the field of foreign language education by considering the potential for Foreign Language Annals to serve as a scholarly venue for work in foreign language education policy. I also look beyond academic interdisciplinarity http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Foreign Language Annals Wiley

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© 2018 by American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages
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0015-718X
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1944-9720
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10.1111/flan.12315
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INTRODUCTIONOn the occasion of the 50th anniversary of Foreign Language Annals, I was invited to share my thoughts on future directions in language policy. Language policy has developed into a major area of research, with several summary works that document the current body of knowledge and possibilities for future research (e.g., McCarty & May, ; Ricento, ; Spolsky, ; Tollefson & Pérez‐Milans, in press). I do not attempt here to encapsulate the field or to speculate broadly about future research directions. Instead, I offer some thoughts based on my own perspective, grounded in my reading and work in language policy. I do so taking to heart Lin's (, p. 30) advice about positionality in language policy research and “acknowledging the necessarily partial or limited nature of any single position/study/perspective.” It would be impossible to attempt to develop any sort of comprehensive, programmatic agenda for the next 50 years of the field. Thus I focus in particular on what the field of language policy can contribute to the field of foreign language education by considering the potential for Foreign Language Annals to serve as a scholarly venue for work in foreign language education policy. I also look beyond academic interdisciplinarity

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Foreign Language AnnalsWiley

Published: Jan 1, 2018

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