Mike Mena interprets Richard Ruiz’ (1984) canonical article that helped set the stage for tons of language research! Especially research that uses/critiques the “language as resource” approach to language planning. Check it out!
00:00 Setting the Stage
O1:09 What is an “orientation”?
02:42 The “Language as Problem” Orientation
05:04 The “Language as Right” orientation
07:19 The “Language as Resource” Orientation
09:02 Final thoughts…
Ruiz, Richard. 2017 . “Orientations in Language Planning.” In Honoring Richard Ruiz and His Work on Language Planning and Bilingual Education, edited by Nancy H. Hornberger, 13–32. Bristol and Blue Ridge Summit: Multilingual Matters.
Ruiz, Richard. 2017 . “The Empowerment of Language-Minority Students.” In Honoring Richard Ruiz and His Work on Language Planning and Bilingual Education, edited by Nancy H. Hornberger, 259–69. Bristol and Blue Ridge Summit: Multilingual Matters.
Ruiz, Richard. 2017. “Threat Inversion and Language Policy in the United States.” In Honoring Richard Ruiz and His Work on Language Planning and Bilingual Education, edited by Nancy H. Hornberger, 67–76. Bristol and Blue Ridge Summit.
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