[lg policy] bibliog. item: Becoming a nation of readers in Timor-Leste: Language policy and adult literacy development in a multilingual context

Harold Schiffman hfsclpp at GMAIL.COM
Thu Jan 14 14:39:59 UTC 2010

Project: Becoming a nation of readers in Timor-Leste: Language policy
and adult ...
Title (NL) Becoming a nation of readers in Timor-Leste: Language
policy and adult literacy development in a multilingual context
Period 04 / 2009 - 04 / 2014

Abstract  This multidisciplinary project will investigate adult
literacy development in Timor-Leste, taking into account the country?s
language and literacy policies. The project?s ultimate aim is to
contribute, in collaboration with local stakeholders, to improving
literacy levels in Timor-Leste as a prerequisite for individual and
societal development. The project is, on the one hand, inspired by a
social developmental perspective, which recognises the specific
language and literacy landscape and the language policy demands of
Timor-Leste and, on the other hand, by the current international
theoretical and methodological debates in literacy research. It
consists of three studies which draw on complementary theoretical
frameworks and methodologies: a socio-cultural framework, focusing on
the societal embedding of literacy and literacy acquisition; a
cognitive-linguistic framework, focusing on how individuals acquire
literacy (i.e. how they get access to the written code); a
multilingual language policy framework, shedding light on the
ramifications of adult literacy policy development, and a critical
historical framework, providing the historical analysis necessary for
understanding contemporary developments. Study 1 evaluates the
existing adult literacy programmes in Timor-Leste?s official
languages, Tetum and Portuguese.

This is done through a nation-wide literacy survey on the values,
relevance and effectiveness of these programmes, and a four-site
sociolinguistic-ethnographic case study on becoming and being literate
in Portuguese and Tetum. Study 2 is about Fataluku, one of
Timor-Leste?s national languages, spoken in the easternmost part of
the country. A language policy study investigates the process of
transforming Fataluku from an oral endangered language into a written
language to be used in literacy programmes. The outcomes of this study
will be useful for the other 15 national languages as well. A two-site
sociolinguistic-ethnographic case study investigates literacy
attitudes and practices, including the potential of adult-literacy
programmes in Fataluku in urban Lospalos and rural Tutuala. The
Fataluku study Study 3 is a critical historical study investigating
literacy campaigns, literacy teaching programmes and the discourses
about adult literacy that emerged in Timor-Leste from the brief period
of decolonisation (1974) until Independence (2002).

Related people  Researcher  Drs. D.A.B. Boon
 Project leader  Prof.dr. J.W.M. Kroon

Data Supplier: NWO
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