Language education policy enactment and individual agency

Nguyen, Van Huy, Hamid, M. Obaidul and Renshaw, Peter (2016) Language education policy enactment and individual agency. Language Problems and Language Planning, 40 1: 69-84. doi:10.1075/lplp.40.1.04van

Author Nguyen, Van Huy
Hamid, M. Obaidul
Renshaw, Peter
Title Language education policy enactment and individual agency
Journal name Language Problems and Language Planning   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0272-2690
Publication date 2016-05-01
Year available 2016
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1075/lplp.40.1.04van
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 40
Issue 1
Start page 69
End page 84
Total pages 16
Place of publication Amsterdam, Netherlands
Publisher John Benjamins Publishing
Language eng
Formatted abstract
This article explores language planning and policy from the perspective of individual agency and its embodiments in the process of implementing an English language education policy ensemble at a public university in Vietnam. The policy exemplifies the influence of globalized standards on local language education systems. It aims to build a national framework in Vietnam based on a Western model known as the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) which is expected to serve as a platform for reforming curriculum design, course materials development, and testing and assessment. Drawn from a set of data obtained through in-depth interviews with university administrators, the findings highlight the conflicting policy positions taken up by teacher-cum-administrators engaged in the policy enactment process. The paper argues that a critical barrier to CEFR enactment lies in the constraints and demotivation within each participant, particularly of those involved at a higher level of decision-making process in the institution. It is important, therefore, to deal with these conflicts at the level of macro policy planning to neutralize the paradox of policy enactment at the local site.
Keyword Language policy
Individual agency
Policy position
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

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