chapter  1
Language Policy in Schools
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This book tries to offer staff in schools a way of dealing with the language problems that schools meet in settings of linguistic and cultural diversity. School language policies are viewed by many in education as an integral and necessary part of the administration and the curriculum practice of schools. A language policy is a document compiled by the staff of a school, often assisted by other members of the school community, to which the staff members give their assent and commitment. It identifies areas in the school’s scope of operations and program where language problems exist that need the commonly agreed approach offered by a policy. A language policy sets out what the school intends to do about these areas of concern and includes provisions for follow-up, monitoring, and revision of the policy itself in the light of changing circumstances. It is a dynamic action statement that changes along with the dynamic context of a school.