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Title: Language education policy - Singapore
Authors: Jain, Ritu
Wee, Lionel
Keywords: Humanities::Linguistics::Sociolinguistics::Multilingualism
Issue Date: 2019
Publisher: Routledge
Source: Jain, R. & Wee, L. (2019). Language education policy - Singapore. A. Kirkpatrick & A. J. Liddicoat (Eds.), The Routledge International Handbook of Language Education Policy in Asia (pp. 272-285). Routledge.
Project: RG70/17 (NS) 
Abstract: This chapter traces the history and developments of the language policy of Singapore over the years. Tracing the history of the education policy through the years since the founding of Singapore, it explains how the language policy has played an integral role in government initiatives for economic, social, and national development. It details that the policy of English-mother tongue bilingualism has helped maintain Singapore’s cultural and linguistic pluralism without hindering the construction of an overarching Singaporean identity or global competitiveness. Finally, discussing some of the policy responses to previous challenges, the chapter deliberates future dilemmas related to previous policy measures as well as migration driven demographic shifts.
ISBN: 9781138955608
DOI: 10.4324/9781315666235-19
Schools: School of Humanities 
Departments: Language and Communication Centre
Rights: © 2019 Routledge. All rights reserved. This is an Accepted Manuscript of a book chapter published by Routledge in The Routledge International Handbook of Language Education Policy in Asia on 15 April 2019, available online:
Fulltext Permission: open
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