English Plus

for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania

Proposed Pennsylvania Official Language Act

In 2005 House Bill 2089 was introduced in Pennsylvania proposing English as the official language of the commonwealth. On Friday, December 9, 2005 the Consortium for Language Policy and Planning hosted a roundtable discussion with State Representative Babette Josephs on this legislation. A major outcome of this discussion was a recognition of the need to proactively support multilingualism in the commonwealth through English Plus rather than English Only legislation. This webpage, compiled by the Consortium for Language Policy and Planning and the Educational Linguistics Forum, provides useful information for legislators and others who wish to learn more about the possibilities offered by an English Plus orientation.

English in Pennsylvania Federal English Plus Legislation English Plus in Other States English Plus Perspectives English Only Perspectives ERIC Digest on English Plus

Lu, M. (1998). English-only movement: Its consequences on the education of language minority children. ED427326.

On-line Journals

Websites of Interest for the Study of Multiculturalism/Multilingualism