Pädagogische Hochschule Vorarlberg
Davydova, Julia; Dr. habil.
Davydova, Julia; Dr.
2017 – 2019
This chapter provides an overview of the language ideologies and language policies in Russia, while attempting to ascertain the impact these may have had on the attitudes towards English, a major foreign language taught in Russian schools today. The chapter is structured as follows. First, I review the language policies pursued by the Russian government in pre-revolutionary Russia. Second, I explain how linguistic diversity was managed during the Soviet era. In the next step, I highlight the most recent developments in the domain of language planning and language management, while considering the most recent socio-political events, namely the annexation of the Crimea peninsula. Finally, I discuss how language policies traditionally implemented in Russia have impacted on English-language teaching, as well as the teaching of other foreign languages. Throughout the chapter, I will attempt to expand the scope of my descriptive analysis to include some of Russia’s neighbouring states (e.g. the Ukraine, Byelorussia, etc.). In so doing, I will attempt to demonstrate how the linguistic legacy of the Soviet period has affected language ideologies and policies in those satellite states.