(LPRU) Language Policy Research Unit Website upate - Many new resources available!

Wayne Wright Wayne.Wright at asu.edu
Fri Oct 3 18:13:27 UTC 2003

LPRU | Language Policy Research Unit (www.language-policy.org <http://www.language-policy.org/> ) or (http://www.asu.edu/educ/epsl/lpru.htm)

EPSL | Education Policy Studies Laboratory (www.edpolicylab.org <http://www.edpolicylab.org/> )

Arizona State University


LPRU Website Updates and New Resources Available (October 2003)


1.      New Language Policy Forum - Language Policy in the Unz States: A Focus on CA, AZ, MA, and CO
2.      Updated Press Archives-Now with Search Engine!
3.      Updated Language and Law section
4.      New LPRU Advisory Board Members - Victor Begay and Christian Faltis




Language Policy in the Unz States: A Focus on California, Arizona, Massachusetts, & Colorado



This Forum provides full digital audio and video recordings, synopses, and handouts from each presentation from the Language Policy SIG panel at the National Association for Bilingual Education (NABE) conference in 2003, held in New Orleans. NABE's Language Policy SIG, chaired by Kate Menken (Teachers College) and Vice-Char Wayne E. Wright (Arizona State University), brought together a panel of scholars and experts who were active in the campaigns against the Unz initiatives in their respective states. The panel focused on lessons learned from each campaign, the aftermath of the initiatives, and implications for future efforts.


Panel Members:


Patricia Loera - National

National Association for Bilingual Education (NABE) 


Kathy Escamilla - Colorado

University of Colorado at Boulder 


Eugene Garcia - California

Arizona State University 


Josué González - Arizona

Arizona State University 


Roger Rice - Massachusetts 

Multicultural Education, Training and Advocacy (META) Associates, MA


Windows Media Player is required to view or listen to video and audio files. 






LPRU has archived thousands of articles from Major (English language) newspapers from around the world on various aspects of societal language and policy issues. The archives have now been updated to August 2003. 


A new search engine now makes the archives an invaluable research tool! Simply type in the name of a language, country, state, or other keyword, and the search engine will provide a list of relevant newspaper articles. Professors have also utilized the LPRU News Archives in their courses, assigning students to use it to locate and report on newspaper articles relevant to class readings and discussions.  


LPRU is interested in including newspaper articles on language issues from newspapers in languages other than English. If you would like to contribute such articles, please send the full text of the article, along with an English translation of the newspaper name, article title, reporter name, and date, to LPRUlist at asu.edu.






* New information has been added about U.S. Executive Order 13166 - Improving Access to Services for Persons with Limited English Proficiency.

            * New document - Comparison of Limited English Proficient Policies and Guidelines from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and the U.S. Department of Justice. (Compiled by Mara K. Youdelman, Staff Attorney, National Health Law Program).

            * Updated list of Selected Court Cases Related to Language


If you know of any other language-related court cases, or resources that could be contributed to this section, please contact us at LPRUlist at asu.edu



4. **NEW LPRU ADVISORY BOARD MEMBERS - Victor Begay and Christian Faltis**



LPRU is pleased to announce the addition of two new Advisory Board Members. Victor Begay is a Program Manager in Arizona State University's Center for Indian Education. Christian Faltis is a well-known international scholar specializing in second language acquisition in schools, bilingual education policy and history, sociolinguistics and academic discourse. Brief bios for Victor Begay and Christian Faltis, along with other board members, are available at the link above.





The Language Policy Research Unit (LPRU), under the direction of Dr. Terrence G. Wiley, with assistance from Wayne E. Wright, promotes research and policy analysis on the challenges and opportunities posed by national and global multilingualism. LPRU priorities include: a) interdisciplinary studies to promote equitable language policies in education and society; b) demographic studies with policy implications for language rights and preservation; c) historical and contemporary studies on language contact, conflict, and minority language accommodation and promotion; and d) media, legal and legislative analyses to inform public discourse and policy making in state, national, and international contexts. 


The Education Policy Studies Laboratory (EPSL) at Arizona State University offers high quality analyses of national education policy issues and provides an analytical resource for educators, journalists, and citizens.  It includes the Commercialism in Education Research Unit (CERU), the Education Policy Analysis Archives (EPAA), the Education Policy Reports Project (EPRP), the Education Policy Research Unit (EPRU), and the Language Policy Research Unit (LPRU). The EPSL is directed by ASU Professor Alex Molnar.


Visit the EPSL website at  www.edpolicylab.org

Visit the LPRU Website at  www.language-policy.org




Wayne E. Wright 
Language Policy Research Unit 
Education Policy Studies Laboratory 
Arizona State University 


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