Language-in-education policies in the South Pacific: some possibilities for consideration

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Mangubhai, Francis. 2002. "Language-in-education policies in the South Pacific: some possibilities for consideration." Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development. 23 (6), pp. 490-511. https://doi.org/10.1080/01434630208666482
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Language-in-education policies in the South Pacific: some possibilities for consideration

ERA Journal ID20449
Article CategoryArticle
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AuthorMangubhai, Francis
Journal TitleJournal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development
Journal Citation23 (6), pp. 490-511
Number of Pages22
Year2002
Place of PublicationAbingdon, Oxon. United Kingdom
ISSN0143-4632
1747-7557
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1080/01434630208666482
Web Address (URL)https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/01434630208666482
Abstract

Language-in-education policies in the South Pacific have arisen out of historical circumstances of the countries and have been largely de facto 'policies' that have tended to emphasise a metropolitan high status language to the comparative neglect of the development of the indigenous languages. This paper discusses research related to bilingual education as a means of providing background information for policy makers, and then discusses a number of bilingual education models. With this background, the paper then suggests separate models of language-in-education policies for the Melanesian, Micronesian/Polynesian parts of the South Pacific and for Fiji. It concludes with a suggestion how such poicy making might proceed so that both costs and fear of the new can be contained.

Keywordsbilingual education; multilingualism; educational policy; language planning; language of instruction; South Pacific education
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020390201. Education policy
390108. LOTE, ESL and TESOL curriculum and pedagogy
451310. Pacific Peoples linguistics and languages
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© 2003 F. Mangubhai. Deposited in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.

Byline AffiliationsFaculty of Education
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