[lg policy] bibitem: Shaping and Implementing Language Policy

Harold Schiffman hfsclpp at GMAIL.COM
Sat May 29 14:04:12 UTC 2010

Shaping and Implementing Language Policy
By Sally Wide

Baker embarked on writing the Foundations book at the request of the
managing director of the Multilingual Matters publishing company.
Ofelia Garcia, from New York, was appointed as academic consultant for
that book and encouraged Baker to develop a more sociolinguistic and
political approach to the subject. Beyond his academic influence,
Baker has been a force in shaping and implementing language policy. He
held a government appointment as member of the Welsh Language Board
(1997-2007), which has the responsibility in Wales for language
planning and has played a major role in reversing language shift in
Wales, thereby helping to preserve the Welsh language.

Baker produced an overarching plan for the language with the board's
chief executive. Baker's efforts both utilized and extended language
planning theory. The Welsh plan regarded language acquisition planning
(in homes, preschool education, and in schools) as the foundation for
all language planning, with language reproduction in the family and
language production through bilingual education.

The policy developed a fourth form of language planning: usage
language planning, which promotes use of minority languages through
government funding of youth activities that are not restricted to
schools and classrooms. In 2007, Baker and his colleagues Margaret
Deuchar and Ginny Gathercole were awarded approximately $10 million to
create a prestigious international, interdisciplinary research center
on "Bilingualism in Theory and Practice" at Bangor University.

Baker's goal is to develop new lines of research on bilingual
education in terms of its structures, teaching, and learning
methodologies and the outcomes of bilingual education for students and
society. Sally has been writing articles quite a long time. Come visit
his latest website over at http://jennair-cartridge.com which helps
people find the best Jenn Air Cartridge and information they are
looking for.

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