- Name of the author：James W. Tollefson and Amy B. M. Tsui
- Year published：2014
- Title：Review of Research in Education Vol. 38, Language Policy, Politics, and Diversity in Education
- City published：Washington, D.C. United States
- Publisher：American Educational Research Association
- Pages used：pp. 189-214
This article examines the role of language policy in mediating access and equity in education. By examining a range of research and case studies on language policies, we examine how educational language policies serve as a central gatekeeper to education itself, as well as to quality education that may fundamentally depend on language ability, not only for literacy and classroom interaction but also for textbooks, materials, assessments, and other language-related aspects of education. Our analysis offers an argument for placing language policies at the center of debates about educational access and equity, as well as a broad range of socio-political processes that shape learners’ educational achievement.