- Maria Rubtcova (St. Petersburg State University)
- Natalia Martianova (Herzen University)
Under the influence of the new «Law on Education» (2012) bilingual programmes are being introduced in Russia. The present study aims to investigate social barriers of implementation of bilingual education (in English and Russian) in St. Petersburg. The authors conduct the large-scale research by telephone screening and formalized interviews. The sampling method: two-stage cluster sampling. The results: despite the fact that the population recognizes that knowledge of English is useful, spread of the English language is alarming. Respondents fear of worsening of the knowledge of the Russian language. They believe that Russian language is necessary and sufficient for living in Russia. Education in only English is unacceptable. Russian language should retain its priority in Russian education. The results show a wide range of barriers, from concern for the preservation of national identity to fears that social change will occur more rapidly and existing knowledge can be devalued under the influence of English spread.
Palabras clave: education in English, bilingual programmes, sociail barriers to bilingual education