Towards a Policy for Bilingual education in Developing Countries


  • Christopher Stroud University of the Western Cape and Stockholm University



Language can make a difference to peoples' lives in many ways. On one dimension, language empowers by serving as a resource for individuals to constitute and trans-form social and personal identities and by providing access to important socio-economic and political markets. Language can empower because it does not merely reflect a pre-existing reality; it is itself - under certain conditions - an instrument in the constitution of these realities, by providing a new version of meaning that offers speakers a fresh interpretation or alternative perspective on reality. The multilingual proficiency that social elites have in important global languages such as English, French, German, and today, Chinese, is a case in point. These elites have long recognized that mastery of many languages is an economic asset to be cultivated and passed on to successive generations.






How to Cite

Stroud, C. (2018). Towards a Policy for Bilingual education in Developing Countries. Multilingual Margins: A Journal of Multilingualism from the Periphery, 3(1), 4–87.