Multilingual Education will cease to be published by SpringerOpen at the end of 2016. Any authors interested in submitting an article to a similar journal should contact the Publishing Editor: for more information. SpringerOpen will continue to host an archive of all articles previously published in the journal and all articles published in Multilingual Education will remain fully searchable via the journal website.


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Aims and scope

Multilingual Education is a high-quality journal that publishes empirical research on education in multilingual societies. The journal publishes research findings that in addition to providing descriptions of language learning, development and use in language contact and multilingual contexts, will shape language education policy and practices in multilingual societies.

Multilingual Education is highly relevant to researchers in language and education, language education professionals, and policy makers.

The journal publishes research on matters such as:

  • the effects of multilingual education and literacy education on the maintenance and development of multilingualism.
  • the effects of the introduction of English as a curriculum subject and/or medium of instruction upon multilingual and literacy education.
  • the respective role(s) of vernaculars and 'local'languages, national languages and English in education, especially where the languages are of different language families, and scripts are different or languages lack an orthography.
  • the role in multilingual education of other major languages such as Arabic, French, Hindi, Mandarin and Spanish.
  • the effects of multilingual and/or English language education on school drop out and retention rates.
  • the effects of the 'internationalization' of universities worldwide, potential privileging of the English language and of knowledge published in English.
  • bilingual/multilingual acquisition of non-cognate and 'different-script' languages.
  • stakeholder attitudes toward notions of multilingualism and related notions of linguistic proficiency, standards, models and varieties.
  • critical evaluations of language policy and its implementation.

Open special issues

Globalization, localization, and Language Use/Learning

Globalization has had serious consequences for language use/learning, which have so far been under-researched. This special issue explores the interrelationship between globalization, localization, culture and language learning/use.

APCs and funding

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