Joseph Lo Bianco

Joseph Lo Bianco
University of Melbourne | MSD · Melbourne Graduate School for Education

PhD

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January 2003 - April 2016
University of Melbourne
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  • Professor of Language and Literacy Education

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Publications (480)
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Full access at: http://www.cal.org/lpren/pdfs/briefs/conflict-language-rights-and-education.pdf The term peacebuilding is generally understood to involve a range of measures to reduce the risk of a lapse or relapse into conflict by addressing causes and consequences of conflict. This brief report discusses peace building in relation to language...
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In most Anglophone countries, the lack of engagement in the second language (L2) classroom has been recognised as one of the greatest challenges for L2 teachers, but there have not been many studies addressing teachers' beliefs about the issue. This study uses Q methodology to explore teachers' beliefs about engagement strategies held by teachers w...
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I first met Sjaak Kroon at a conference in Israel in the early 1990s at which he presented fascinating research about Eritrean language policy and nation building (see Hailemariam et al., 1999; Asfaha et al., 2008). As I followed his peregrinations, both physical and intellectual, I noted a recurring interest in problems, theories, complexities and...
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This chapter focuses on shifting practices of language law and policy that once undermined but now typically, though not altogether successfully, sustain and promote early language learning initiatives. It begins with a reflection on one of the key problems associated with early language learning initiatives –the generally inconsistent and even poo...
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The DLC concept also allows teachers and researchers to take into account various kinds of impact that multilingualism has on education. One impact of DLC is to illuminate how literacy teaching is to proceed in multilingual classrooms, with learners coming from traditions of literacy that might differ markedly from the official curriculum. Relatedl...
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This paper constitutes an edited transcript of two online panels, conducted with four scholars whose complementary expertise regarding print literacy and migration offers a thought-provoking and innovative window on the representation of print literacy in applied linguistic research and in migration policy. The panel members are experts on language...
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This contribution discusses some links between the linguistics and the economics of the spirit of entrepreneurship and entrepreneurialism. Whether it is individuals or various social groupings, or even entire societies, a review of policies promoting self-investment in language ability links to a neoliberal economic and political ethos of competiti...
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This article discusses ideologies of sign languages and language policy for revitalisation. The first part provides an analysis of language policy as official texts, public discourses and performative participation in policy process. After a review of ideologies that influence sign languages the paper looks at legal recognition, and some ways that...
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This volume is devoted to examination of contemporary sociolinguistic practices from the perspective of Dominant Language Constellations (DLC). It is the first collection of studies guided by the DLC approach featuring contributors with expertise in applied linguistics, sociolinguistics, language policy and education. The authors of the volume intr...
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What are the likely future directions of the concept of the Dominant Language Constellation? What is the role of the DLC within multilingualism studies? This chapter uses the simile of the heavenly constellation to develop a line of inquiry about the uses and usefulness of the DLC concept. It reviews the contributions, data and arguments made in th...
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This chapter combines discussion of multilingualism and language policy, with the productive power of the Dominant Language Constellation concept. Multilingualism research has flourished and deepened in recent years, producing many analytically revealing and empirically robust accounts of the super-diverse communicative environment of our world. Th...
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This volume is dedicated to the concept and several applications of Dominant Language Constellations (DLC), by which it advances understanding of current multilingualism through addition of a novel perspective from which to view contemporary language use and acquisition. The term Dominant Language Constellation denotes the set of a person’s or grou...
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What counts as bilingual education for Australian Aboriginal people in the Northern Territory (NT) has varied significantly depending on geographical location and temporal context, Indigenous community involvement and the prevailing political environment. This chapter discusses NT bilingual education in relation to national and international cultur...
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What counts as bilingual education for Australian Aboriginal people in the Northern Territory (NT) has varied significantly depending on geographical location and temporal context, Indigenous community involvement and the prevailing political environment. This chapter discusses NT bilingual education in relation to national and international cultur...
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Despite decades of often ambitious policies in Australia, languages education is still characterised by intermittent commitment to the teaching of languages, with inequitable access particularly entrenched in rural and regional contexts. While research has focused on the practical and material constraints impacting on policy implementation, little...
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This chapter aims to identify and describe some ways in which language and political violence are related. The main focus is the protracted conflict in the Deep South of Thailand whose complex causes include irreconcilable public claims for the symbolic granting of official recognition to the Patani Malay language, but also pragmatic issues such as...
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This chapter offers a taxonomy of categorisations of pluralism in language education provision, and discusses the origins and effects of the pressures for plurilingual recognition that characterise the past three decades. The discussion draws on a wide range of international settings, North America, Australia, Europe, Pacific Island nations, and So...
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A major outcome of the EUROMEC project is a study of attitudes towards multilingualism in three European cities. This is now available online and free to download here: https://www.languagescompany.com/projects/euromec/. It contains an overview of research and policy in the area, a description of the methodology used and research reports from Dubli...
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Reprinted from: Lo Bianco, J. (2014). Language policy: At the centre and the margins of Australian multiculturalism. In A. Jakubowicz & C. Ho (Eds.), 'For those who've come across the seas...': Australian multicultural theory, policy and practice (pp. 198-209). London: Anthem Press.
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Joseph Lo Bianco speaks with reporter Chris Grimwade about the role of language in conflict resolution and reflects on his work in South East Asia, where he facilitates dialogue in some of the most challenging and seemingly intractable of violent conflicts. He shares how important it is to protect Indigenous languages and ensure mother-tongue educa...
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In recent decades large components of the language sciences have been subjected to relentless critique. Criticism has not been exclusive to those branches directly concerned with application, such as applied linguistics, but it has been particularly robust when directed at language studies modified by the words ‘social’, as in socio-linguistics, so...
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In recent decades large components of the language sciences have been subjected to relentless critique. Criticism has not been exclusive to those branches directly concerned with application, such as applied linguistics, but it has been particularly robust when directed at language studies modified by the words ‘social’, as in socio-linguistics, so...
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Language is a common underlying cause of conflict in multi-ethnic societies. Facilitated dialogue — a method of conflict mediation — is being used in countries such as Myanmar to mitigate language-based conflict, acknowledge language rights, and encourage societies to adopt a culture of dialogue.
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The Australian experience of bilingual education is composed of three separate audiences: Indigenous groups and their languages, immigrant groups and their languages (both of these groups seeking language maintenance and intergenerational vitality), and mainstream English speakers seeking additive language study. All these interests share a common...
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Australia’s language policy history reflects the country’s complex linguistic demography and multiple policy needs and interests. Languages and language policy have played an important and evolving role in the formation of Australia as a postcolonial, immigrant, and trading nation, moving from the suppression of Indigenous languages and a preferenc...
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[Full text at: http://www.bangkokpost.com/opinion/opinion/1097761/countering-southern-insurgency-requires-inclusion ]
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Professor Joe Lo Bianco examines the implications of English as "the world's language", and why it behooves native speakers of English to learn other languages. With host Jennifer Cook, http://upclose.unimelb.edu.au/episode/126-lingua-mundi-and-perils-monolingualism#transcription
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----- The recording of this talk is available at http://diobma.udg.edu//handle/10256.1/4372 ------ This talk will reflect on multiple ways, formal and overt, informal and covert, in vivo and in vitro, de jure and de facto, that human social action has constrained the legitimate expression of linguistic difference. Taking border and border theory as...
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Full access is available at: http://www.bangkokpost.com/print/1008521/
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This chapter outlines the cultural-historical context that informs the depth and breadth of the construction of difference based on race, class, language, and ability in relation to multicultural education in the United States today. The chapter fi rst highlights the history of multicultural movement from the early twentieth century to the present....
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Thailand has a long and consistent policy of denying concessions to a pluralist vision of its identity which would arise from formal recognition of differences, and has never embraced, at the official level, any discourse approximating multiculturalism. Instead, it has stressed the importance of minority assimilation to established and privileged n...
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It is clear that notions of ‘unity’ and ‘diversity’ characterize a growing number of national settings where the concept ‘multicultural’ has been recruited to inform and even to shape public education and education policy. The nine national case studies included in this work all demonstrate however, the immense differences concealed by the terminol...
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Australia’s experience of multicultural education, in its various phases arose at the intersection of the nation-shaping circumstances of British-loyalty, Indigenous-oppression and reconciliation politics, geographic anxiety, mass settler-recruiting immigration, the US Alliance, Asia-literacy, economic crisis and rejuvenation, educational experimen...
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This book analyses the experiences of multicultural education in nine very different international settings uncovering insights from a vast variety of educational contexts. Taking a multi-critical approach in reporting and discussing problems faced by increasingly multicultural and multilingual societies the nine case studies reflect radically diff...
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The Australian project of accommodation to the Asia-Pacific region as the dynamic centre of the world’s economy can now be dated in decades. Successive Federal and State governments have focused on shifting the national consciousness from its predominant, inherited Western cultural dispositions, towards Asia. Driven by the overriding concerns of tr...
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[Full text available at: http://www.themimu.info/sites/themimu.info/files/documents/Report_Brief_Progress_Report_-_Building_a_National_Language_Policy_for_Myanmar.pdf ]
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The Australian experience of bilingual education is composed of three separate audiences: Indigenous groups and their languages, immigrant groups and their languages (both of these groups seeking language maintenance and intergenerational vitality), and mainstream English speakers seeking additive language study. All these interests share a common...
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The Australian experience of bilingual education is composed of three separate audiences: Indigenous groups and their languages, immigrant groups and their languages (both of these groups seeking language maintenance and intergenerational vitality), and mainstream English speakers seeking additive language study. All these interests share a common...
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In this article I argue that FECCA, which has played a historically significant role in the development of language policy in Australia, but in recent years appears to have transferred focus to other issues. Because language education questions are often prominent in the media it is possible that people have overestimated what Australia has achieve...
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------- Full text available at: http://hdl.handle.net/11343/122075 --------- Today, the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR; Council of Europe 2001) is widely recognised as emblematic of globalization in education, both in the realms of policy and in educational practice (Byram et al. 2012a). In Europe the CEFR is regularly...
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--------- Full text available at: http://hdl.handle.net/11343/112275 ----------- This chapter discusses a method for researching LPP, Q-sorting (Watts and Stenner 2012), which in author's work linking to deliberation conferencing (Lo Bianco and Aliani 2013). Q is highly adaptable to the different circumstances, settings, and needs of agencies comm...
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Maintenance bilingual education is common in Polynesian settings with long-established political sovereignty. Recently, Melanesian countries have expanded the range of languages included in education, mainly through decentralization to more efficient village-based provision. In 40 years of multilingual policy development Australia has embraced asse...
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-------- Full text at: http://hdl.handle.net/11343/122072 --------- This paper explores the relevance of concepts and methods of language planning and policy for ELF researchers and teachers. As the global communication environment consolidates through globalisation of systems, such as publishing and education credentialing, the topics chosen for r...
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[Full access at: http://rre.sagepub.com/content/38/1/312.full.pdf+html] The content of the present issue of "Review of Research in Education" (RRE) is timely and important, allowing considered, multiperspectival active reflection, what the author calls cerebration, on language diversity as well as a call for concerted action for linking better the...
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------ Full text at: http://hdl.handle.net/11343/112276 --------- Foreign language education is deeply affected by globalization, destabilizing some of the central ideas that have helped form national languages, and, by contrast, foreign languages. This article traces the economic origins of contemporary globalization and the deep communication eff...
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BLURB: This volume provides a fascinating glimpse into the complex language ecologies of Southeast Asia. Adopting a relational perspective, it considers their significance for the region, its peoples, the policy and practice of language teaching, learning and assessment and the fate of local languages. It gives particular prominence to the relation...
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This paper uses some instances of foreign language use by politicians, including their refusal to do so when invited, in order to open a line of questioning about the cultural messages involved in public displays of foreign language competence, especially Asian languages in the Anglosphere. The intention is to explore the role of influence and atti...
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This book is a timely comparison of the divergent worlds of policy implementation and policy ambition, the messy, often contradictory here-and-now reality of languages in schools and the sharp-edged, shiny, future-oriented representation of languages in policy. Two deep rooted tendencies in Australian political and social life, multiculturalism and...
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A framework to examine vitality of languages in a specific context, developed by Francois Grin and elaborated by Joseph Lo Bianco, specifies that three conditions are necessary for language vitality and revitalization: Capacity Development, Opportunity Creation, and Desire (COD). This framework was developed as a tool to help communities and govern...
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'The Point of Context' [companion essay] to 'Literacy as Diversity and Equity' [video interview] is part of PETAA's (Primary English Teachers Association Australia) Project 40 Resource. The project is PETAA’s gift to the broader educational community, in celebrating 40 years of supporting primary educators in English and literacies across the curri...
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This report summarises, lists and discusses the reading, interviews and observations conducted since the commencement of the project on 1 December 2012 and contains the overall conceptualisation for the project and a work plan of future activities. The work plan involves a series of intervention measures for 2013 and suggestions for further researc...
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------- Full text available at: http://hdl.handle.net/11343/112280 ------- Support for endangered languages grew rapidly in the early 1990s, the result mainly of research documenting an accelerating rate of global language loss. While efforts to redress language attrition are probably quite ancient, the past two decades have seen redoubled energy...
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DOI: 10.1002/9781405198431.wbeal1030
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Human intervention to shape and direct both form and use of language must be as old as language itself, while by contrast the academic field analyzing conscious policy making or deliberate planning is very recent. Human societies have always been multilingual and language planning, whether overt and conscious or covert and implicit in other activit...
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'Literacy as Diversity and Equity' [video interview] and 'The Point of Context' [companion essay] are part of PETAA's (Primary English Teachers Association of Australia) Project 40 Resource. The project is PETAA’s gift to the broader educational community, in celebrating 40 years of supporting primary educators in English and literacies across the...

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Forthcoming, to appear in A Sociolinguistics of the South: Diversities, Affinities and Diasporas. Editors: Kathleen Heugh, Angela Scarino and Christopher Stroud, Routledge.
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Forthcoming, to appear in Plurilingualism in Learning and Teaching: Complexities across Contexts. Editors: Choi, Ollerhead and French.