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The Educational System in South Tyrol

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This chapter outlines the manner in which schools and languages have played a central role in South Tyrol?s development and affected every aspect of social and private life in the last 85 years, since its annexation by the Kingdom of Italy. School and language policy in South Tyrol are today—and have always been—closely interwoven. The chapter illuminates the historical genesis of the problem with the respective second languages, the question of the connection between language and identity, to raise doubt as to whether a bi- or multilingual society is at all desired but also to identify possible ways toward multilingualism. Special emphasis is placed on discussing the trends that are converging in regard to European language policy. In the context of the existing educational system in South Tyrol, the possibility already exists to develop lessons from the experience of individual schools that have already promoted multilingualism as a central goal.

Keywords: educational system; European language policy; Kingdom of Italy; languages; multilingualism; schools; South Tyrol



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