INDONESIAN LANGUAGE POLICY: A REVIEW

Suwarno, Bambang (2016) INDONESIAN LANGUAGE POLICY: A REVIEW. In: Symposium of International Language & Knowledge 2016, 10 - 12 Juni 2016, Songkhla, Thailand.

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Abstract

Indonesia has been regarded as successful in developing an indigenous official and national language, the Indonesian language. However new challenges arise, namely, the need to master English in the age of globalization and the need to conserve heritage languages. In these matters, the Indonesian language policy may be less successful, as the mastery of English remains low and the number of heritage language speakers is generally decreasing. Therefore, a new perspective may be required in order that the Indonesian people could adequately cultivate English and conserve their heritage languages. This would require the understanding of three aspects. The first aspect involves the significance of multilingualism and language ecology. The second aspect deals with the domains of language behavior. The third aspect concerns some possible areas for the development of heritage languages and English in the Indonesian language policy, in order to fulfill the stipulation of the Constitution. The conclusion is that, in order to stem the deterioration of heritage languages and to cultivate fluency in English, the Indonesian language policy might need a comprehensive review. It is recommended that a critical review is performed on existing regulations, pertaining to language matters, at the national as well as regional levels.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Education > Department of English Education
Depositing User: Septi Septi
Date Deposited: 27 Aug 2019 15:09
Last Modified: 27 Aug 2019 15:09
URI: http://repository.unib.ac.id/id/eprint/19038

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