9.1. Fundamental Change in the
structure of normalisation plans
application of the Indexpla, linguistic normalisation plans were designed based on the
diagnosis of the factors described here in, and an organisations objectives to
increase the use of Catalan could be defined in a much more structured and specific
10. Analysis of the first observations of the factors
13. Factors in the Socio-economic sphere
This graph depicts
the differences, by sub sector, of all the factors in the first Indexpla observations made
of the Socio-economic sphere. It is obvious that most intervention is needed in staff
language training, and this is where businesses must concentrate most effort.
In the Public
companies sub sector however, no factor, apart from the linguistic competency of the
staff, gains more than 80% of the ILN. What is considered to be the threshold of
normalisation has been reached in all areas. But, it must be born in mind that only two
entities were observed, and this could have distorted the overall results.
associations behave similarly to Public companies, however the differences observed
between the level of linguistic competency of the staff and most of the other factors is
much more marked.
Within the Private
companies grouping, no factor goes beyond the threshold level of linguistic normalisation,
all fall below the 60% mark. And linguistic competency is the factor showing the lowest
ILN, as in all of the other sub sectors.
and Social Welfare Institutions
Figure 14. Factors in Health and Social Welfare Institutions
This graph depicts
the differences in the first observations made of all of the factors in the sub sectors of
the Health and Social Welfare Institutions area.
In the Cultural
Associations sub sector one can see how all factors, except that of linguistic competency,
fall inside the threshold level of normalisation.
In the Sports
centres and Sports bodies sub sector, all factors are inside the threshold level of
normalisation, even the linguistic competency of the staff. This is the only group where
this factor is at the same level as the other factors.
Similar vales were
observed at the Healthcare institutions and the AMPAs.
analysed the results of the study of the 300 Indexpla observations in the city, we can
conclude that it is not just a useful tool it is an essential one if we are to be
able to measure the advances in, or the stagnation of, the uses of the Catalan language
amongst all of the organisations in the city with which an agreement has been signed, and
which therefore have demonstrated their awareness and interest in incorporating or
improving Catalan within their organisation.
sectors and factors have been noted after each graph once again it must be noted
that the Linguistic Competency factor is the one that presented the lowest levels, and we
know also, that this is the factor where most time is required to push the level upwards
because the process for achieving linguistic competency takes longer than any of the other
companies sub sector study was a global one and did not take account of the type of
activity the companies were involved in. We should look at the distribution of these
companies by activity, as it is possible that the conclusions reached in such an analysis
may give a new focus to the services provided to them.
It is obvious that
the entities that we have studied are not a representative sample of the range of
organisations of the city, as we stated above: It would be very interesting to undertake
the Ofercat observation in order to have a complete diagnosis of the uses of Catalan in
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