Building Bilingual Education Systems

Building Bilingual Education Systems : Forces, Mechanisms and Counterweights

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This book details investments required for establishing successful bi-/trilingual education programmes and discusses administrative, community legislative, political, societal and institutional complexities that shape bi-/trilingual education. It will help readers anticipate potential consequences of various programme development decisions and prepare them for both expected and unexpected outcomes. The complexities of bi-/trilingual education are organised using an innovative conceptual framework of forces, mechanisms and counterweights. This conceptual framework is used to analyse 13 case studies from five continents. In addition, six 'voices-from-the-field' provide the first-hand accounts of educational professionals working in bilingual programmes.
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  • 12-17
  • Paperback | 330 pages
  • 169 x 245 x 17mm | 560g
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Worked examples or Exercises
  • 1107450489
  • 9781107450486
  • 842,252

Table of contents

Part 1. Looking at the big picture: 1. United States of America - the paradoxes and possibilities of bilingual education; 2. Europe - supra-national interventions promoting bilingual education; 3. Canada - factors that shaped the creation and development of immersion education; 4. Estonia - laying the groundwork for bilingual education; 5. Utah - making immersion mainstream; 6. Basque Country - plurilingual education; 7. Kazakhstan - from twenty trilingual schools to thousands?; Voices from the field - England; Voices from the field - Canada; Voices from the field - Spain; Part 2. Looking at the long-term; 8. Cymru/Wales - towards a national strategy; 9. The Netherlands - quality control as a driving force in bilingual education; Voices from the field - Aotearoa/New Zealand; Voices from the field - Cymru/Wales; Part 3. Understanding the Role of Context; 10. United Arab Emirates - searching for an elusive balance in bilingual education; 11 Malta - bilingual education for self-preservation and global fitness; 12. Colombia - challenges and constraints; 13. South Africa - three periods of bilingual or multilingual education; Voices from the field - Brunei; Conclusion Forces, Mechanisms and Counterweights; Appendix: tools introduction; Tool 1. National or regional-level planning considerations for bi-/trilingual education; Tool 2. A bilingual education continuum.
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