More Parallel, Please!

Best Practice of Parallel Language Use at Nordic Universities: 11 Recommendations

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More parallel, please is the result of the work of an Inter-Nordic group of experts on language policy financed by the Nordic Council of Ministers 2014-17. The book presents all that is needed to plan, practice and revise a university language policy which takes as its point of departure that English may be used in parallel with the various local, in this case Nordic, languages. As such, the book integrates the challenge of internationalization faced by any university with the wish to improve quality in research, education and administration based on the local language(s). There are three layers in the text: First, you may read the extremely brief version of the in total 11 recommendations for best practice. Second, you may acquaint yourself with the extended version of the recommendations and finally, you may study the reasoning behind each of them. At the end of the text, we give some suggestions for further reading in this highly explosive area.




The indicators are designed to provide an overview, based on uniform criteria, of the use of English and the local languages in the Nordic Region. The idea is to make the reporting in this area simple and manageable. We are aware that the definition and validation of each individual indicator is open to discussion because it is difficult to be certain that they are used in exactly the same way in all five countries. Nevertheless, the Group takes the view that taken together, these indicators provide a viable and fairly detailed picture of how parallel language use will develop over the coming decades in each country and in the Nordic Region as a whole.


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