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Current policy issues in early foreign language learning
Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Department of language studies.
2012 (English)In: Center for Educational Policy Studies Journal (C·E·P·S Journal), ISSN 1855-9719, E-ISSN 2232-2647, Vol. 2, no 3, 9-26 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The development of policy in relation to language learning at the early primary level of schooling has received only limited attention in the literature on policy studies in general, and within the framework of an emerging education policy space across Europe specifically. This paper offers an introductory discussion of the growth of education policy in Europe, identifying the extent to which the histories of national language policies are being re-shaped by the rise of numerical data and comparison (Lawn and Grek, 2012) within a newly-formed European education space. A summary review of key measures of particular relevance to early language learning illustrates the scale of ‘soft’ policy mechanisms now available as tools in an on-going process of shaping, adapting and refining policy in response to the continuously shifting language priorities which arise particularly during periods of economic instability. This paper draws on key themes from a transnational, longitudinal study of early language learning in Europe (Enever, 2011) to discuss the extent to which implementation in schools has so far been moulded by a plethora of recommendations, reports and indicators formulated in response to the step change in policy development which has occurred since the publication of the Lisbon Strategy (2000).

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Faculty of Education, University of Ljubljana, 2012. Vol. 2, no 3, 9-26 p.
Keyword [en]
early language learning, language policy, ‘soft’ policy
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Social Sciences
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Education; educational work
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-59063OAI: diva2:550793
Available from: 2012-09-07 Created: 2012-09-07 Last updated: 2014-12-15Bibliographically approved

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