Title

The Influence of Foreign Trade on Morocco's Language Education Policies

Department

Business Administration

Publication Year

Spring 2009

Abstract

The influence of international trade on national foreign language policy in Morocco is explained through a combination of specific contexts; the conditions and cultural attitudes of Moroccan ministry officials towards religion, French colonial rule, the value of languages and world perception inform policies. At the same time, language policies are also influenced by factors such as the state's political environment, the influence of the king, and through the role and organization of ministries. Morocco's language education policies (those used in the public system) neither truly represent its stated national language policies, nor does it reflect its economic development goals. School directives seem conflicted, on one hand, representing a need to integrate more foreign languages and prepare Morocco for "the global economy", while on the other hand, reasserting the country's national heritage through Arabic.

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