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Language Policy and Language Acquisition Planning

  • Maarja Siiner
  • Francis M. Hult
  • Tanja Kupisch
  • Constitutes a unique attempt to bridge studies in language acquisition with studies of language planning

  • Addresses the urgent question of how language policies affect the conditions for becoming and remaining multilingual

  • Includes examples of language acquisition planning from different sociolinguistic settings in countries in Asia, Europe and America


Part of the Language Policy book series (LAPO, volume 15)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Maarja Siiner, Francis M. Hult, Tanja Kupisch
    Pages 1-10
  3. Basic and Secondary Education

  4. Higher Education

  5. Epilogue

  6. Maarja Siiner, Francis M. Hult, Tanja Kupisch
    Pages E1-E1

About this book


In the sociopolitics of language, sometimes yesterday’s solution is tomorrow’s problem.  This volume examines the evolving nature of language acquisition planning through a collection of papers that consider how decisions about language learning and teaching are mediated by a confluence of psychological, ideological, and historical forces.  The first two parts of the volume feature empirical studies of formal and informal education across the lifespan and around the globe.  Case studies map the agents, resources, and attitudes needed for creating moments and spaces for language learning that may, at times, collide with wider beliefs and policies that privilege some languages over others.  The third part of the volume is devoted to conceptual contributions that take up theoretical issues related to epistemological and conceptual challenges for language acquisition planning.  These contributions reflect on the full spectrum of social and cognitive factors that intersect with the planning of language teaching and learning including ethnic and racial power relations, historically situated political systems, language ideologies, community language socialization, relationships among stakeholders in communities and schools, interpersonal interaction, and intrapersonal development.  In all, the volume demonstrates the multifaceted and socially situated nature of language acquisition planning.


language education policy language acquisition planning language acquisition in educational settings plurilingual society monolingual ideals sociolinguistic research multilingualism and language learning consultancy for public policy complexity theory in applied linguistics second and foreign language learners TESOL

Editors and affiliations

  • Maarja Siiner
    • 1
  • Francis M. Hult
    • 2
  • Tanja Kupisch
    • 3
  1. 1.Center of Multilingualism in SocietyUniversity of Oslo Center of Multilingualism in SocietyBlindernNorway
  2. 2.Centre for Languages & LiteratureLund University Centre for Languages & LiteratureLundSweden
  3. 3.Fachbereich SprachwissenschaftUniversity of Konstanz Fachbereich SprachwissenschaftKonstanzGermany

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Language Policy and Language Acquisition Planning
  • Editors Maarja Siiner
    Francis M. Hult
    Tanja Kupisch
  • Series Title Language Policy
  • Series Abbreviated Title Language Policy
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing AG, part of Springer Nature 2018
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Education Education (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-319-75962-3
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-030-09365-5
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-319-75963-0
  • Series ISSN 1571-5361
  • Series E-ISSN 2452-1027
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages VIII, 255
  • Number of Illustrations 12 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Language Education
    Language Policy and Planning
    Educational Policy and Politics
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“As researchers, our explorations of LAP practices and discourses at the crossroads of other language planning activities, in additional geographical contexts and multilingual ecologies, focusing on a broader range of language learners, and making use of a diverse toolkit of research methodologies can also find much inspiration in this volume.” (Frances Kvietok Dueñas, Language Policy, Vol. 19, 2020)