The latest edition of the respected" World Yearbook of Education" deals with language education, central to almost every aspect of learning, and controversial in most education systems. Wide-ranging, international analysis and assessment are the hallmarks of the Yearbooks. This volume brings to bear the latest research and insights from linguistics, class studies and policy studies to present a contemporary view and synthesis of language education from across the world.The contributors are leading specialists drawn from contrasting regional and national contexts. Chapters address issues in three contexts. Firstly, themed chapters on state of the art issues in language education, including mother tongue education, learning a second language and knowledge about language. Secondly, national chapters focusing on common questions on language education form around the world.Thirdly, four case studies of language education in urban settings.Language education is a highly political and sensitive subject, and this volume is an important contribution to understanding these issues in an educational and political setting.