Language Policy

, Volume 17, Issue 2, pp 277–280 | Cite as

Robert Kirkpatrick (ed.): English Language Education Policy in Asia

Springer International Publishing, Switzerland, 2016, VI + 388 pp, Hb $179, ISBN: 978-3-319-22463-3
  • Ping Hu
  • Fan Pan
Book Review

The eleventh in the series Language Policy, this volume is published to the backdrop of a “rapid spread of global languages and an associated threat to small languages” (Preface), the move to slow the “stampede towards English” (Preface), and concern for language rights and linguistic ecology. Edited by Robert Kirkpatrick, English Language Education Policy in Asia explores language policy issues in sixteen major Asian countries and regions. Drawing on both classical and contemporary theories and approaches to language policy and planning (LPP) research, the book offers comprehensive, yet critical analyses of the historical development, current challenges, and future trends associated with the role of English in language policymaking, while accounting for a range of sociopolitical, cultural, economic, and educational contexts.

The first chapter reviews various approaches to LPP research, including its evolution and acknowledgement of both top-down and bottom-up framing. Subsequent...


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Huazhong University of Science and Technology, School of Foreign LanguagesWuhanChina

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