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Multilingual Matters


More than 70 languages are spoken in contemporary Iran, yet all governmental correspondence and educational textbooks must be written in Farsi. To date, the Iranian mother tongue debate has remained far from the international scholarly exchanges of ideas about multilingual education. Using conversations with Tove Skutnabb-Kangas, Jim Cummins, Ajit Mohanty, and Stephen Bahry, prominent academic experts in linguistic human rights, mother tongue education and bilingual and multilingual education, this book bridges that gap. The author examines the arguments for rejecting multilingual education in Iran, and the four interviewees counter those arguments with evidence that mother tongue-based education has resulted in positive outcomes for the speakers of non-dominant language groups and the country itself. It is hoped that this book will engage an international audience with the debate in Iran and show how multilingual education could benefit the country.




The introduction to this book is provided for download with the permission of the publisher for educational purposes only; neither the introduction nor any other part of the book may be reproduced without the express permission of the publisher, Multilingual Matters and Channel View Publications. The full volume is available for purchase at http://www.multilingual-matters.com/display.asp?K=9781783096176.

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Multilingual Matters

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Bristol, UK


Multilingual education, Cross-cultural studies, Multilingualism, Language and education