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Arabic as resource or Arabic as problem?

Seminarium, Föreläsning

Seminarium inom forskningsområdet Språk och lärande vid institutionen för språk och litteraturer. Alla intresserade är välkomna!

Unlike Sweden, Denmark has a very restrictive language policy towards immigrant languages from third world countries, such as Arabic. This is clearly reflected in the Danish educational system, where Arabic is becoming less important at all levels, whereas Danish is taking an increasingly prominent role - to the extent that the state can now impose economic sanctions on immigrant parents who do not follow the government's instructions to let their children participate in Danish language-stimulating efforts in daycare, kindergarten and school. And recently, in May 2018, a broad coalition of political parties in the Danish parliament adopted yet another "ghetto-plan" which includes, among other things, specific language tests in Danish for children living in socially deprived areas, the so-called "ghettos".

Based on Spolsky's theories of language policy, ideology and management (Spolsky 2004, 2009) my presentation will highlight the status of Arabic in the Danish educational system and how it affects Arab speaking children and adolescents who are cross-pressured by the low status of their mother tongue / heritage language and the requirements to master Danish. What does this restrictive language ideology mean for the teaching of Arabic, how does it affect the bilingual parents, and what does it tell us about language management efforts in the Danish educational sector?


Föreläsare: Helle Lykke Nielsen, Asc. Professor, Center for Middle East Studies, University of Southern Denmark

Datum: 2018-11-28

Tid: 15:00 - 17:00

Kategorier: Humaniora, Språk, Forskning, Kulturstudier

Arrangör: Institutionen för språk och litteraturer

Plats: Humanisten, Lundgrensgatan 1B, C364

Kontaktperson: Christina Lindqvist

Sidansvarig: |Sidan uppdaterades: 2013-02-06

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