This wiki attempts to present the politics of bilingualism, bilingual education, diversity, and multiculturalism in the European context. We strive to demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of and critical reflection on EU Language Policy as viewed through the lens of our course content and current research. We have collected articles and artifacts to help convey this in an easy-to-access, easy-to-understand format.

Use the links in the "Site Navigation" menu bar at the right to explore:

  • EU Language Policy in general (Dan Bain, Kris Climer, Carolann Trotta), and
  • EU Policy for migrants (Kristen Speer, Victoria Hart)

Language Policy in the EU

According to Kat Devlin, of the Pew Research Center (2015)[1], bilingualism and multilingualism are staples in nearly all European countries, unlike in the United States which "does not have a national requirement for students to learn a foreign language in school". Furthermore, the age at which students in Europe begin to learn another language is significantly lower than when most Americans started the study of a foreign language. The map to the left and table below demonstrate to what extent multilingual education is common in Europe. [1]

1. Devlin, K. (2015, July 13). Learning a foreign language a ‘must’ in Europe, not so in America. PEW Research Center. Retrieved from [http://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2015/07/13/learning-a-foreign-language-a-must-in-europe-not-so-in-america/]
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