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Bilingual and Multilingual Education in the 21st Century

Bilingual and Multilingual Education in the 21st Century

Christian Abello-Contesse | Paul M. Chandler | María Dolores López-Jiménez | Dr. Rubén Chacón-Beltrán


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Bilingual education is one of the fastest growing disciplines within applied linguistics. This book includes the work of 20 specialists working in various educational contexts across Europe, Latin America and North America to create a volume which is both comprehensive in scope and multidimensional in its coverage of current bilingual initiatives. The central themes of this volume, which draws on past experiences of bilingual education, include issues in language use in classrooms at elementary, secondary and tertiary levels; participant perspectives on bilingual education experiences; and the language needs of bi- and multilingual students in monolingual schools. This collection will be of interest to teachers and administrators in bi- and multilingual education programs, as well as scholars working in the field of language education.

The editors of this book have done a brilliant job: bringing together a team of international specialists in bilingual and multilingual education, ranging from primary to tertiary education, and having them focus on theoretical and practical issues. This book is a must-read for researchers, teachers and education officials!

Jean-Marc Dewaele, Birkbeck, University of London, UK

By engaging with the sheer variety of perspectives and initiatives in BE contained in this volume, this contribution delivers a wealth of information and provides the reader with a thorough grasp of BE and the options available to professional educators. It is an exceptional resource for those seeking research topics in BE, and raises several questions at the forefront of the field, thus providing concrete topics for discussion.

Olivia Amzallag

Christian Abello-Contesse is Associate Professor at the Universidad de Sevilla, Spain, where he teaches courses in second language acquisition, foreign-language teaching methodology, bilingualism and multilingualism, bilingual education and intercultural communication.

Paul M. Chandler is Professor of Spanish and Chair of the Department of Languages and Literatures of Europe and the Americas at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, USA. His areas of interest are teacher development, second language reading and second language acquisition.

María Dolores López-Jiménez is Assistant Professor at Pablo de Olavide University in Seville, Spain. Her main research interests include vocabulary teaching and learning, materials design and evaluation, and second language acquisition.

Rubén Chacón-Beltrán is Associate Professor at the Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia in Madrid, Spain, where he teaches undergraduate courses in English as a foreign language and sociolinguistics, and graduate seminars in bilingualism and language policy.

Thought-provoking, insightful, updated collection of papers that reflect upon actual classroom praxis at various levels. The contribution these articles make to the understanding and setting up of a scholarly discussion on educational, multicultural and multilingual matters is vast, varied and far-reaching. A real must for scholars and interested audiences.

Miriam Elizabeth Cid Uribe, Pontifical Catholic University of Chile, Chile

Table of Contents

Section Title Page Action Price
Contents v
Figures vii
Tables xi
Contributors xiii
Introduction and Overview xix
Part 1 Lessons from Accumulated Experience in Bilingual and Multilingual Education 1
1 Bilingual and Multilingual Education: An Overview of the Field 2
2 Insights into Bilingual Education from Research on Immersion Programs in Canada 23
3 Bilingual Education in Colombia: The Teaching and Learning of Languages and Academic Content Area Knowledge 41
4 Perspectives and Lessons from the Challenge of CLIL Experiences 58
Part 2 Issues in Language Use in Classrooms at the Elementary, Secondary and Tertiary Levels 87
5 From Bilingualism to Multilingualism: Basque, Spanish and English in Higher Education 88
6 100 Bilingual Lessons: Distributing Two Languages in Classrooms 110
7 Native Language Influence in Teaching Subject Matter Content through English in Spanish Tertiary Education 139
8 From Diglossia to Transglossia: Bilingual and Multilingual Classrooms in the 21st Century 158
Part 3 Participant Perspectives on Bilingual Education Experiences: Students, Language Assistants, Student-teachers and Teacher-educators 179
9 The Students’ Views on Their Experience in a Spanish-English Bilingual Education Program in Spain 180
10 The Use of Native Assistants as Language and Cultural Resources in Andalusia’s Bilingual Schools 204
11 Student-teachers and Teacher-educators Experience New Roles in Pre-service Bilingual Teacher Educationin Brazil 232
12 Potential Drawbacks and Actual Benefi ts of CLIL Initiatives in Public Secondary Schools 257
Part 4 The Language Needs of Bilingual and Multilingual Students in MonolingualSchools 274
13 International School Students: Developing Their Bilingual Potential 275
14 Heritage Spanish Speakers in School Settings: Are Their Needs Being Met? 299
Index 315