Language Ideologies, Language Policies, and English-Language Teaching in Russia

  • Julia DavydovaEmail author
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This chapter provides an overview of the language ideologies and language policies in Russia, while attempting to ascertain the impact these may have had on the attitudes towards English, a major foreign language taught in Russian schools today. The chapter is structured as follows. First, I review the language policies pursued by the Russian government in prerevolutionary Russia. Second, I explain how linguistic diversity was managed during the Soviet era. In the next step, I highlight the most recent developments in the domain of language planning and language management, while considering the most recent sociopolitical events, namely the annexation of the Crimean peninsula. Finally, I discuss how language policies traditionally implemented in Russia have impacted English-language teaching, as well as the teaching of other foreign languages. Throughout the chapter, I will attempt to expand the scope of my descriptive analysis to include some of Russia’s neighboring states (e.g., the Ukraine, Byelorussia, etc.). In so doing, I will attempt to demonstrate how the linguistic legacy of the Soviet period has affected language ideologies and policies in those satellite states.


Language policies Language planning English- and foreign-language teaching Russia 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of MannheimMannheimGermany
  2. 2.Pädagogische Hochschule VorarlbergFeldkirchAustria

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