Creation of a Language Policy

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Creationof a Language Policy

Creationof a Language Policy

Mostcountries from across the world have developed language policies withwhich they foster a certain language or languages that are to be usedwithin its boundaries. Apparently, there are a lot of factors thatare considered when developing these policies. According to Judith(2016), the government must look into critical things such as the useof a particular language in formal communication, the number ofnative speaking citizens, their dispersion across the country as wellas their socio-economic status. These factors matter becausewhichever language is decided upon, they will either mitigate orexacerbate their effects to the wider society.

Theabove features will influence the implementation of languageinstruction in the sense that a country will often go for a languagethat is more familiar with the larger size of the native speakingpopulation. Language programming on the other hand will seek toenhance cohesion not only internally among local citizens, but alsoon the international scene. According to Kaplan (2015), this is thenumber one reason why most countries have a recognized nationallanguage to unite all citizens beyond race, religion, socio-economicstatus and ethnicity. On top of this, they have an official languagethat is globally recognized for the purposes of internationalintegration.

Languagepolicies often have a noteworthy impact on English language learners’development and academic achievement. According to Spolsky (2012),this is because they directly influence the language proficiency andteaching standards that these learners are subjected to. Goodlanguage policies usually support good standards that provide aneffective tool that sets the agenda as well as content that ELLs gothrough during their studies. It also sets clear the parameters thatare supposed to be achieved before the students can be cleared toproceed to the next level of learning.

References

Judith,J. (2016). Language development and literacy: Factors that InfluenceLanguage Development. Journalof Early Childhood Development, 7(2),223-226.

Kaplan,S. (2015). Language Policy and Development: Lost in Translation.Journalof Literature, 3(12),12-14.

Spolsky,B. (2012). TheCambridge Handbook of Language Policy.Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.