Towards a rational language education policy for Caribbean states



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The University of the West Indies


This paper examines the language teaching contexts of the English-speaking with a view to identifying the level of adequacy for the fulfilment of the desired education goals. It argues that current policy has not, for a number of reasons, addressed those aspects of language education policy that are critical to the realization of the relevant of desirable goals. The proposed solution is that there should be a radical departure from the traditional approaches with their heavily individualized language focus to one that shifts the focus from the teaching of individual languages to the issues of education. This approach should see the teaching of individual languages as part of a much wider policy of language education that will address squarely the goals of the system.


A revised version of the paper presented at the 2nd Biennial Cross-Campus Conference on Education

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language policy, language education, Caribbean