Language Policy and Language Education in Russia

in Encyclopedia of Language and Education, Forthcoming

31 Pages Posted: 25 Oct 2016

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Bill Bowring

Birkbeck College, University of London - School of Law

Tamara Borgoyakova

Khakass State University

Date Written: October 19, 2016

Abstract

This chapter discusses the extraordinary political, ethnic and linguistic diversity of the Russian Federation, and charts the dramatic shifts in languages and education policy through the Tsarist, Soviet and post-Soviet state structures and laws. With reference to leading Russian and English language scholars, the current situation is analyzed and a number of problems and dangers are identified. Fundamental changes to Russia’s nationalities policy, especially with regard to education with minority languages as the language of instruction, are the subject of intense debate. However, it is too early to predict what the eventual outcomes will be.

Keywords: Russia, language policy, language education, minority languages, linguistic diversity, Tsarism, Communism

Suggested Citation

Bowring, Bill and Borgoyakova, Tamara, Language Policy and Language Education in Russia (October 19, 2016). in Encyclopedia of Language and Education, Forthcoming, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2854763

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Tamara Borgoyakova

Khakass State University ( email )

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Abakan, Republic of Khakassia
Russia

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