Athens Institute for Education and Research ATINER ATINER's Conference Paper Series LIT2012-0212 Language Educational Policy in Mauritius: Nationalistic v/s Nationistic Choice

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  ATINER CONFERENCE PAPER SERIES No: LIT2012-0212 1 Athens Institute for Education and Research ATINER ATINER's Conference Paper Series LIT2012-0212 Yesha Devi Mahadeo Doorgakant Lecturer (English Department) Mauritius Institute of Education Mauritius Language Educational Policy in Mauritius: Nationalistic v/s Nationistic Choice    ATINER CONFERENCE PAPER SERIES No: LIT2012-0212 2 Athens Institute for Education and Research 8 Valaoritou Street, Kolonaki, 10671 Athens, Greece Tel: + 30 210 3634210 Fax: + 30 210 3634209 Email: info@atiner.gr URL: www.atiner.gr URL Conference Papers Series: www.atiner.gr/papers.htm Printed in Athens, Greece by the Athens Institute for Education and Research. All rights reserved. Reproduction is allowed for non-commercial purposes if the source is fully acknowledged. ISSN 2241-2891  13/09/2012  ATINER CONFERENCE PAPER SERIES No: LIT2012-0212 3 An Introduction to ATINER's Conference Paper Series ATINER started to publish this conference papers series in 2012. It includes only the  papers submitted for publication after they were presented at one of the conferences organized by our Institute every year. The papers published in the series have not  been refereed and are published as they were submitted by the author. The series serves two purposes. First, we want to disseminate the information as fast as possible. Second, by doing so, the authors can receive comments useful to revise their papers  before they are considered for publication in one of ATINER's books, following our standard procedures of a blind review. Dr. Gregory T. Papanikos President Athens Institute for Education and Research  ATINER CONFERENCE PAPER SERIES No: LIT2012-0212 4 This paper should be cited as follows: Mahadeo Doorgakant, Y.D. (2012) " Language Educational Policy in Mauritius: Nationalistic v/s Nationistic Choice " Athens: ATINER'S Conference Paper Series, No: LIT2012-0212.    ATINER CONFERENCE PAPER SERIES No: LIT2012-0212 5 Language Educational Policy in Mauritius: Nationalistic v/s Nationistic Choice Yesha Devi Mahadeo Doorgakant Lecturer (English Department) Mauritius Institute of Education Mauritius Abstract Despite the fact that it is not the mother tongue of Mauritius, English is the official medium of instruction in Mauritius. It is the government’s nationistic choice that is the subject of this paper. Over the years, English has been considered by the government as being an obvious choice because of its neutrality and its function as a gateway of economic prosperity. Yet, the high rate of failures in the Certificate of Primary Education (CPE) examinations, is attributed by some to the fact that the medium of instruction is not the mother tongue but a second/ foreign language. Taking into consideration Fishman’s (1968) distinction between nationalism and nationism, the investigation of motivations for the choice of language education policy and the reasons for the maintenance of English as the medium of instruction will help fulfill the aim of this paper; the aim of which is to discuss how the language educational policy in Mauritius is one of the key mechanisms in the structure of its power. To this effect, documentary research has been carried out. Educational reports which have had a direct bearing on the choice of language educational policies have been reviewed and analysed. The analysis of the datasheds light upon the motivation for the choice of a nationistic language educational policy by the Mauritian government. Contact Information of Corresponding author:  myrna242000@yahoo.co.uk  
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