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Language Education Curriculum, History of

The history of language education curriculum is highly complex and reflects the contested nature of language education curriculum that is strongly influenced by political, social, educational, and demographic influences. Rather than attempting to cover language education curriculum in English education as well as in the instruction of second or foreign languages in this entry, the focus is on language education curriculum for the instruction of second or foreign languages as preparation for participation in society.

Societal Context of Language Education Curriculum

Education in North America has a long history of focusing on English as the language of instruction and communication in schools. Despite an increasingly diverse population with larger numbers of students speaking non-English languages, English remains the standard language of instruction and communication in North America. ...

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