The Language Policy Research Network (LPREN) is an international organization of researchers, scholars, and stakeholders in the field of educational language policy. We host colloquia at conferences, invite publications related to the field, convene at events, and share resources, announcements, and other opportunities via the LPREN listserv. Learn more about the origins of LPREN.
LPREN at AILA World Congress August 10-15, 2014 Brisbane, Australia
Directions in Language Policy Research: How Compatible Are Current Approaches?
Approaches to language policy analysis are sometimes dichotomized as either focusing on social structure (historical-structural approaches) or those emphasizing creative agency within the public sphere.
This panel explores Tollefson’s contention that there is no inherent theoretical conflict between these approaches. Rather than focusing on the differences between these approaches, his contention is that the crucial questions for LP research, are: “Under what conditions are the state and other powerful institutions (e.g., corporations and non-governmental organizations) able to impose their will on individuals and communities through language policies? Under what conditions can individuals and communities act as agents in their own language learning and language use?” Through research-based examples, the panel will critically address the contention that “the difference between these two paradigms is not theoretical but a matter of emphasis or perhaps even the temperament of different researchers.”
Terrence G. Wiley, Center for Applied Linguistics and Arizona State University, USA
James W. Tollefson, University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Reynaldo Macias, University of California, Los Angeles, CA, USA
LPREN at AAAL in Portland, OR, March 2014
CAL’s LPReN team is pleased to announce that Dr. Terrence G. Wiley will be honored at this year’s American Association of Applied Linguistics (AAAL) conference with the Distinguished Scholarship and Service Award. Dr. Wiley’s presentation, “Critical Language Policy Analysis and the On-going Need for Advocacy in the Post-Civil Rights Era” will be Monday, March 24, 9:55-11:00 a.m.
LPREN will host its annual meeting of advisors on Sunday, March 23rd in Portland at AAAL.
LPREN at AERA in Philadelphia, PA, April 2014
Members of CAL’s LPReN staff will participate in a panel at this year’s annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, to be held in Philadelphia, PA. Chaired by Sarah Moore, the panel, “The Role of Critical Language Policy Analysis in the ‘Post’ Civil Rights Era” will include “Global Political Economy and Language Rights in the 'Post-Civil Rights' Era” by Jeff Bale of the University of Michigan; “No Holds Barred on Restricting Language Rights: English-only in Arizona,” by Sarah Moore and Karen Lillie of the State University of New York at Fredonia; “Diversity in Language and Experience: Latino Subgroups in the U.S.,” by Molly Fee; and, “Decolonization Through Language Revitalization: Conversations with Language Warriors on Language Rights and Policy Failures,” by Richard Gresczyk of Augsburg College and the University of Minnesota. Dr. Terrence G. Wiley will serve as Discussant for the panel.