[lg policy] dissertation: Language Policy in Tanzania--Policy processes in relation to language in Tanzania: examining shifts in policy

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Language Policy in Tanzania, Dissertation

Jan 292011
Policy processes in relation to language in Tanzania: examining shifts in policy

The politics of globalization have played a significant role in
shaping the current state of education around the world. One of the
most important elements of the new global agenda involves the politics
of language. In the case of the African continent and other developing
nations worldwide, language policy has become one of the most
contested factors linked to achieving the ‘global imperative.’
Language is particularly vital because of its purported necessity in
the design of developmental initiatives leading to economic recovery.
In other words, the question of language has become synonymous with
the politics of modernity and progress in most developing nations.
Although language is sometimes overlooked, and some may very well
argue insignificant, language use within a particular nation is now
perhaps the single most important factor in determining its
opportunities to access external economic aid from donor institutions
and industrialized countries of the West. Given this premise, this
study examines language policy and the important role it plays within
the classroom, as well as across the educational system. This research
specifically examines education policies related to language in the
education system of the East African nation of Tanzania.

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