[lg policy] course syllabus: SLS 760 Language Policy and Planning Spring 2012

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University of Hawai‘i
Department of Second Language Studies
SLS 760 Language Policy and Planning Spring 2012
W, 1500-1750, MOORE 118
Instructor: Kathryn A. Davis Office: Moore 263
E-mail: kathrynd at hawaii.edu
Office Hours: By appointment
W, Th 1-3pm

Course Description

This course provides an overview of language policies and planning
(LPP) within and across
nationally and socially defined borders. The course draws on the work
of applied linguists,
language educators, and ethnographers/qualitative researchers who
argue for examining the
political and social meanings of language policies. More specifically,
the course explores the
intersection of policy as intended by governmental, political, and/or
economic interests;
implemented at institutional levels; and experienced by individuals
and groups (Davis, 1994,
2009). The course further investigates sociolinguistic experience as a
transnational and
intercultural phenomena, deriving from global changes in society that
impact individual and
collective social, cultural, and linguistic identities (Appadurai,
2001). Course participants will
draw on their national/transnational interests and concerns to engage
in on-the-ground and locally
situated language policy research and/or planning intended to foster
linguistic, sociocultural, and
educational equity.

Required Readings

Course readings are available under Resources on Laulima. In addition,
participants will be
expected to conduct ongoing literature reviews that inform their
particular interests and concerns.
These interests may be specific to a geographic location, focus on a
particular policy level, and/or
involve explore the intersection of policy intent, implementation,
and/or local experiences. Local
experiences encompass a range of issues, including the degree and
manner of access to human
resources such as health, education, and substainable labor (Appadurai 2006).
The literature reviews are intended to inform course LPP research
and/or planning projects in
three primary ways: 1) Framing the project. What theories inform and
guide your project
design? 2) Engaging in the project. What theory and practice
perspectives inform research
and/or planning implementation? 3) Contributing to knowledge and
practice. How does your
project further LPP theoretical understanding and/or directly address
issues of equity and human

Course Assignments

Literature Reviews: Course members are expected to find one or more
resources (e.g. articles,
book chapters, books, public information such as demographics, policy
statements, newspaper
articles) each week which can inform your project. You should post the
citations and brief
description of these readings to Laulima by Monday midnight each week.
You’re encouraged to
work collaboratively on literature reviews and other components of
your projects. To help
identify relevant publications, a list of journal resources and books
can be found at the end of the
syllabus. Pay particular attention to relevant chapters in the McCarty
(2011) and Menken &
Garcia (2010) volumes cited below. The Tables of Contents will be
under Laulima Resources
and the book chapters you request will be scanned and uploaded to Laulima.
In addition, we’ll have a workshop early in the semester on sharing
strategies for finding and
obtaining electronic/hard copies of relevant literature.

Course Project, Readings and Class Workshops:
Each individual/collaborative team will be
responsible for posting observations and questions about course
readings, additional readings, and
their “in progress” projects each week on Laulima Discussion by Sunday
midnight. These
observations and questions will inform class discussion and weekly
workshops. In addition, to
allow for exposure to more of the LPP literature, you will each sign
up to be a participant
presenter once during the semester. This task involves finding an
article related to the class
topic/your project and presenting it to the class.

Course Project and Final Paper:

Your semester-long project and final paper should reflect
both the theories and practices covered in class and those that
specifically apply to your own LPP
goals. Through initial course workshops and in consultation with the
instructor, you should
formulate a project within the first three weeks of class. Your final
course paper should follow
the genre expectations for a report of your choice, e.g. M.A.
scholarly paper, doctoral dissertation
proposal and/or chapters, publication (for a particular journal/book
chapter). The syllabus
includes assignments and workshops throughout the course that will
help you carry out the
project & write the report. The final course paper is due on May 7.
Individual papers should be
15-20 pages. Note: It’s possible to co-author or develop a final
course paper that meets the
requirements of two courses (e.g. 676 & 760). However, the
contributions of both courses should
be clear and approximately equal. Papers that are co-authored or
designed to meet the
requirements of two courses should be 25-30 pages.

more at: http://www.cte.hawaii.edu/handouts/Gaga/SLS760_LanguagePolicyandPlanning_Syllabus_3.pdf

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