Promoting English Plus Other Languages: An Investigation of Language Policy

3:30 - 4:00am IST
Presented at: IAWE 2014

This presentation reports on findings from a study that investigated Language Policy (LP) development and implementation in International Baccalaureate (IB) Schools with particular focus on how these schools balance the promotion of English together with other languages. Background: With a network of more than 3,000 schools in nearly 150 countries, IB’s stated policy endorses a multilingual approach to language use and learning as a means of providing their students with a rich foundation from which to grow academically. English, French, and Spanish are the organization’s working languages for communication with schools and other stakeholders. Furthermore, IB schools are expected to place importance on language learning, including mother tongue, host country, and other languages.