Language Education Policy Studies
An International Network

LEP by World Region

LEP by World Region

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Language Education Policies Book Series 

The Book Series began in 2014 and contains edited volumes with theoretical, practical, and empirical chapters for teachers, policymakers, and anyone interested in the role of language and education policy from a standpoint of linguistic human rights. 

So far the books are 

Language Education Policy Unlimited: Global Perspectives and Local Practices (Francois Tochon, Ed. 2014). This books introduces the field of LEP. You can find it on Amazon here. 

Policy for Peace: Language Education Unlimited. (Francois Tochon & Kristine Harrison, Eds. 2017) This book theorizes the role of LEP for Peace. You can fine it on Amazon here

Language Education Policy and Neoliberalism (Francois Tochon & Madina Djuraeva, Eds. 2018) This book theorizes the role of neoliberalism for LEP.

Creating Language Education Policy for Displaced & Refugee Students (2018, in press). Call for Chapters in English is here, and in French here.

  • Language Education Policy Unlimited:
  • Policy for Peace: Language Education Unlimited
  • Language Education Policy and Neoliberalism
  • Creating Language Education Policy for Displaced & Refugee Students
See this site describing the U.S. situation of Language Education Policy: 

A few references:


Baldauf Jr, R.B. and Ingram, D.E. (2003). Language-in-education planning. In W. Frawley (Ed.), International Encyclopedia of Linguistics (vol. 2) (2nd edn), 412-16. Oxford: Oxford University Press.


Cooper, Robert L., Shohamy, Elana, & Walters, Joel (Eds.). (2000). New perspectives in educational language policy: In honour of Bernard Dov Spolsky. Amsterdam & Philadelphia: John Benjamins Publishing Company. ?


Kaplan, R.B. (2005) Is language-in-education policy possible. In D. Cunningham and A. Hatoss (Eds). An International Perspective on Language Policies, Practices and Proficiencies. Melbourne: Australian Federation of Modern Language Teachers Association.


Liddicoat, A. (2013). Language-in-education Policies: The Discursive Construction of Intercultural Relations. Bristol: Multilingual Matters.


McGroarty, M. (2002). 2. Evolving influences on educational language policies. In J. W. Tollefson (Ed.), Language policies in education (pp. 17-36). Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum. 


Spolsky, Bernard. (2008). Investigating language education policy. In K. A. King & N. H. Hornberger (Eds.), Encyclopedia of language and education, (Second ed., Vol. 10: Research methods in language and education, pp. 27-40). New York: Springer Science.


Tollefson, J. (2002). Language Policies in Education. Mahweh, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.


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This information was originally published on the website of the International Network for Language Education Policy Studies ( as

Tochon, F. V. (2013). What are Language Education Policies? In F. V. Tochon (Ed.), Language Education Policy Studies (online). Madison, WI: University of Wisconsin—Madison. Retrieved from: (access date). 

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