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Integrating Language Policy in Educational Programmes: the International Decade of Indigenous Languages for Language Awareness

Ina Druviete
University of Latvia, Latvia

Abstract. The project “Competency-based approach in the curriculum” (School 2030) initiates changes in learning approach in order to develop value-based knowledge, skills and attitudes. In the domain “Languages” as well as in the domains “Social and Civil Skills”, “Cultural awareness and self-expression in art” the interrelation between languages and the importance of language and culture in the process of identity formation should be highlighted in all educational programmes. Taking into account the need for new content, the aim of the study is to analyze sources for additional information. Public opinion on language issues is largely developing under the influence of global trends and movements. Therefore current activities in international arena may be used for promoting positive language attitudes. The International Decade of Indigenous Languages (2022–2032) (IDIL) proclaimed by the UN offers a unique opportunity to provide information not only about endangered indigenuos languages, but also about the efforts of communities and international organizations to preserve and develop all languages as an integral part of the world's cultural heritage. The primary focus for IDIL activities in Latvia is the Livonian language, the language of the indigenous (autochthonous) population in Latvia. However, the IDIL can help to implement the goals of language policy in Latvia, not only raising awareness about Livonian but also reminding people of the importance of using and developing the Latvian language as a part of global linguistic diversity. The paper provides conclusions on reflection of global language processes and ideas for implementation of IDIL issues in various educational programmes.

Keywords: indigenous languages, language attitudes, language education, the Latvian language, the Livonian language

This research is supported by state research programme “Letonika – Fostering a Latvian and European Society” project “Use and Development of Contemporary Latvian” (№ VPP-LETONIKA-2022/1-0001).

In: Human, Technologies and Quality of Education, 2023. Proceedings of Scientific Papers = Cilvēks, tehnoloģijas un izglītības kvalitāte, 2023. Rakstu krājums
Riga, University of Latvia, 2023. 796 p. Ed. L. Daniela
ISBN 978-9934-36-116-6