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Bilingual Education in the 21st Century: A Global Perspective

Ofelia Garc√a

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ISBN 10: 1405119934 / ISBN 13: 9781405119931
Published by Wiley-Blackwell, 2008
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Title: Bilingual Education in the 21st Century: A ...

Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell

Publication Date: 2008

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Good

Edition: 1.

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Bilingual Education in the 21st Century examines languagesand bilingualism as individual and societal phenomena, presentsprogram types, variables, and policies in bilingual education, andconcludes by looking at practices, especially pedagogies andassessments. This thought-provoking work is an ideal textbook forfuture teachers as well as providing a fresh view of the subjectfor school administrators and policy makers.

  • Provides an overview of bilingual education theories andpractices throughout the world
  • Extends traditional conceptions of bilingualism and bilingualeducation to include global and local concerns in the 21stcentury
  • Questions assumptions regarding language, bilingualism andbilingual education, and proposes a new theoretical framework andalternative views of teaching and assessment practices
  • Reviews international bilingual education policies, withseparate chapters dedicated to US and EU language policy ineducation
  • Gives reasons why bilingual education is good for all childrenthroughout the world, and presents cases of how this is beingcarried out

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Bilingual education has long been a controversial topic forcommunities, policy makers, and teachers. Misconceptions about whatbilingualism itself is, and what bilingual education should do,have laid the groundwork for a wide range of policies that don'talways have a coherent vision for their students. In thiswide-ranging and provocative book, García examines the historyand current state of bilingual education programs throughout theworld, offers a critical reading of the current conversationsaround them, and invites readers to imagine a new paradigm for the21st century: one based on the idea of multilingual fluidity as asocial and cultural imperative in a globalized world.

García examines languages and bilingualism as individualand societal phenomena, presents program types, variables, andpolicies in bilingual education, and concludes by looking atpractices, especially pedagogies and assessments. Questioningassumptions regarding language, bilingualism and bilingualeducation, this book proposes a new theoretical framework andalternative views of teaching and assessment practices.

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