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Language policy literacy for language teachers: How important is it?

Poyatos Matas, C. and Mason, S.ORCID: 0000-0002-8999-4448 (2015) Language policy literacy for language teachers: How important is it? MLTAQ Journal, 161 (1). pp. 12-20.


This article provides a foundation for developing language teachers’ policy literacy. As educators, language policy has a direct impact on our work. By building our knowledge of language policy, we can be more actively involved in the process itself, becoming policy influencers rather than passive policy consumers. In this way, we can help to bring about the change that we want to see in our classrooms. The article begins with a basic introduction to language planning and policy, before delving into a brief history of language policy and its impact on language education in Australia and Queensland. It then analyses current Queensland policies and presents ways for teachers to be more connected to the political process. Finally, a call is made for all language teachers to be empowered through knowledge, activism, and collectivism.

Item Type: Journal Article
Publisher: Modern Language Teachers Association of Queensland
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