Abstract submitted for CILP Journal – Fingers crossed

After going through my review panel, I am thinking that it’s time for me to push myself more to develop my academic writing skill and also the skill to express my ideas to the academic community. Therefore, I ventured to start writing for publications. 

Here is the abstract which I co-write with Richard which we submitted for the forthcoming edition of Current Issues in Language Planning Journal.

Really hope to share you good news next. Fingers crossed 🙂

Indonesian Educational Language Reversal: Nationalism vis-à-vis Globalisation


Indonesia, a country characterised by linguistic diversity and complexity, has more than 700 vernacular languages and a national language, Bahasa Indonesia.  In this country, educational language policy and planning has never been a simple issue. The desire to both base the public education system on the national language but also to protect the vernacular languages, most of which have been endangered, makes for a complicated language policy and planning agenda. Against the background of the complexity, in 2006, Indonesian government introduced a new stream of public schools, the so-called International Standard Schools (ISS), in which the core subjects were to be taught in a foreign language, predominantly English. This provision was mainly aimed to prepare Indonesian young people to be more involved in the international community, for which English proficiency plays an essential role. However, for many, this use of English in the schools was considered excessive, as something which might endanger Indonesian young people’s sense of national identity and their commitment toward the national language. Using such arguments, they challenged the new policy and proposed that the ISS schools should revert to the use of the national language, Bahasa Indonesia, as the medium of instruction. After a long battle, in late 2012, the constitutional court approved their proposal. This language policy reversal phenomenon may exemplify the conflict between the intention to keep up with the globalisation and to protect a nation’s linguistic heritage. This paper reports on Indonesian teachers’ and educational experts’ experiences of and opinions about the issues, which were sought through the analysis of their stories in the verdict governing the reversal and those generated through narrative interviews. The findings may be useful as the basis for future language planning in Indonesia and other contexts sharing similar feature of linguistic diversity and complexity.

Keywords: Indonesia, Educational Language Reversal, Nationalism, Globalisation


  • Thank you very much dear friends 🙂

    Yes Duygu, it depends on the journal’s guidelines. CILP requested for an abstract (which we have to send to the editor in charge of the issue) before submitting the full MS. Other journals may apply different policy, such as International Journal for Bilingualism and Bilingual Education which demand that we submit the full MS on their online submission tool anytime of the year..

    Thank you very much for your wishes Susan and Khwan 🙂

    Very best f luck with yours Min 🙂

    @Rafidah: Yes, we share similar situation. We started EMI at about the same time (2003) and ended in more or less the same time as well (2012), and to a certain extent, we share similar problems 😀 Thank you very much for your wish..:)

    Thank you very much Bona 🙂

  • Bona Maandera

    Good job. That’s the way to go! All the best Fitri, and Richard. I look forward to reading your contribution to the language planning debate.

  • Rafidah Sahar

    Hi Fitri,
    very interesting topic, one that is very similar to my own country. Good luck with your acceptance. Looking forward to read how the educationalists in your country reflect on the constant dilemma of using English as the medium of instruction and its effects on the dynamics of national identity.

  • Zhoumin Huang

    Hi Fitri,
    Thanks to Richard’s support, I’m also trying to find my voice and articulate my ideas in academic writing. Your topic reflects a very interesting phenomenon of educational dynamics, which I wish will be accepted by the journal soon. 😀

  • Very interesting indeed! I keep my fingers crossed for you.

  • Susan Dawson

    Good for you Fitri. I hope it gets accepted.

  • I keep my fingers crossed for you, Fitri! 🙂 I am pretty sure that you will share the news of acceptance with us soon.
    I did not know that we could submit just abstracts to the journals. Maybe it depends on the journal. I wonder whether the call was for abstracts or full papers for this journal. I think submitting an abstract in the first instance might be a quicker way to get some initial feedback.