Foundations of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism

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Multilingual Matters, 1993 - Bilingualism - 318 pages
Written as a foundational textbook for students and teachers, this book provides a comprehensive first introduction to bilingualism and bilingual education. In a compact and straightforward manner, bilingualism at individual, language minority group and national levels are discussed. The 18 chapters cover the crucial issues and controversies about language minorities and bilingual education. These include: * Defining who is bilingual * Testing language abilities and language use * Languages in communities and minority groups * Language planning * Language loss and revival * The development of bilingualism in infancy and childhood * Bilingualism in the family * Learning a second language * Aptitude and motivation * Age and language learning * Bilingualism and 'intelligence' * Bilingual's thinking skills * Bilingualism and the brain * Theories of bilingualism * Types of bilingual education * Evaluations of bilingual education * Language minority underachievement * Biliteracy * Cultural awareness * Multiculturalism * Different classroom styles of second language learning * US and Canadian approaches to bilingual education * Bilingual classrooms * The politics surrounding language minorities and bilingual education * Assimilation and pluralism * Antiracism

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Contents

Definitions and Distinctions
3
The Measurement of Bilingualism
18
Languages in Society
34
Copyright

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Colin Baker obtained a First Class Honours degree in Educational Studies and a subsequent PhD in Social Psychology from the University of Wales. He is currently Senior Lecturer at the University of Wales at Bangor and Director of Research Centre Wales. His current research includes the effectiveness of bilingual education, the national assessment of minority language attainment and a Council of Europe initiative on bilingual education.

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