Guest lecture by Francis Hult

In June 2011, Francis M. Hult visited CIP and gave a guest lecture on the principles of language policy and their implications for educational practice.

Date: Monday 6 June 2011
Time: 12:00-13:00
Place: Lecture hall 22.0.11, new KUA

About Francis M. Hult's guest lecture:
Principles of Language Policy and their Implications for Educational Practice

Classrooms are sites where globalization is made local through daily interactions between students and teachers of diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds. As such, the domain of education is a nexus point for major language issues and a central focus of language polices in countries throughout the world. This talk addresses key principles of language policy and planning (LPP) as they have developed since the mid-twentieth century, particularly with respect to the management of language in education. Relationships between policy research and educational practice are discussed in terms of salient questions that highlight considerations for policy formation and implementation. Finally, drawing upon recent work in LPP, the role of educators as active policy actors is explored. Rather than passive recipients of policy, educators negotiate and (re)shape policy through their daily practice.

Francis M. Hult is Assistant Professor of Applied Linguistics at the University of Texas at San Antonio. His research work focuses on the management of linguistic diversity in multilingual social environments, with an emphasis on the impact of the international spread of English on language policies and practices. His work appears in major international journals. He is also co-editor (with Bernard Spolsky) of the Handbook of Educational Linguistics (Blackwell, 2008), editor of Directions and Prospects for Educational Linguistics (Springer, 2010), and co-editor (with Kendall King) of Educational Linguistics in Practice (Multilingual Matters, 2011).