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Multicultural language policy in Sweden

  • Journal of the Scandinavian Society of Korea
  • Abbr : JSSK
  • 2017, (20), pp.109-136
  • Publisher : The Scandinavian Society of Korea
  • Research Area : Social Science > Area Studies > North Europe(Scandinavian)

Park, Hyeon-Sook 1

1한국외국어대학교

Accredited

ABSTRACT

Korea is rapidly changing from a monolingual and monocultural society to a quite multilingual and multicultural country since 1990. This is mainly the result of labor migration and intermarriage. With the increase of immigrant families, it is urgently required to establish language education policy including the education of immigrant children. We should recognize the ethnic, linguistic and cultural diversity of these children as members of Korean society and ensure that they have equal rights in all areas of society. The language education policy based on multiculturalism is very important for the immigrant children to recognize their identity and cultural traditions, to improve their self-esteem and to integrate harmoniously into Korean society and culture. In 2016, over 2.3 million people in Sweden were estimated to have immigrant background, comprising about 23% of the whole population of the country. Sweden has long been conducted bilingual education, for example mother tongue instruction and Swedish as a second language. The purpose of this paper is to give a short description of multicultural language policy in Sweden and thereby to make a contribution to the multicultural language education policy for immigrant children in Korea.

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