Power, Prestige, and Bilingualism: International Perspectives on Elite Bilingual Education

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Multilingual Matters, Jan 1, 2002 - Education - 325 pages
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This book describes a particular type of educational provision referred to as 'elite' or 'prestigious' bilingual education, which caters mainly for upwardly mobile, highly educated, higher socio-economic status learners of two or more internationally useful languages. The development of different types of elite bilingual or multilingual educational provision is discussed and an argument is made for the need to study bilingual education in majority as well as in minority contexts.
 

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Contents

General Perspectives and Issues
1
Definitions and Distinctions
32
Elite Bilingualism as a Sociocultural Phenomenon
51
Teaching and Learning in Elite Bilingual Classrooms
75
Relationships and Participants in Elite Bilingual
102
Research Traditions and Trends Partnerships and Empowerment
124
Overview of Elite Bilingual Provision in Specific Contexts
139
From Provision for Expatriates to Bilingual
158
Languages of the Head and Languages of the Heart
183
Prestige Languages and International Communication
209
Immersion in Languages Other than English
235
A Critical Analysis
246
Common Problem Areas in the Practice of Bilingual Pedagogy
264
References
304
Index
319
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Anne-Marie de Mejía works in the Linguistics Department of the School of Language Sciences at Universidad del Valle, Cali, Colombia where she is currently co-ordinator of the Bilingualism Research Group. She obtained her Ph.D in Linguistics from Lancaster University (U.K.) in 1994. Her research interests include bilingual classroom interaction, the construction of bilingual curricula and processes of empowerment, and bilingual teacher development.

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