Bilingual Education in the 21st Century examines languages and bilingualism as individual and societal phenomena, presents program types, variables, and policies in bilingual education, and concludes by looking at practices, especially pedagogies and assessments. This thought-provoking work is an ideal textbook for future teachers as well as providing a fresh view of the subject for school administrators and policy makers.
*Provides an overview of bilingual education theories and practices throughout the world
*Extends traditional conceptions of bilingualism and bilingual education to include global and local concerns in the 21st century
*Questions assumptions regarding language, bilingualism and bilingual education, and proposes a new theoretical framework and alternative views of teaching and assessment practices
*Reviews international bilingual education policies, with separate chapters dedicated to US and EU language policy in education
*Gives reasons why bilingual education is good for all children throughout the world, and presents cases of how this is being carried out
"It goes without saying that the book has merit in the field of bilingual education. It is not only a desirable material to have for all scholars interested in furthering their understanding of this area. Because of its comprehensive nature and its presentation of solid arguments, it is also an ideal text to use in graduate and undergraduate courses." (Applied Linguistics, 2011)
"This book will become a classic in the bilingual education literature. It provides a comprehensive overview of bilingual education at the levels of philosophy, policy, provision and practice. It has international relevance, global understandings and is suitable for a worldwide readership."
Colin Baker, Bangor University
"Ofelia Garc�a writes with wisdom, heart, and an unshakable conviction that bilingual education is the best education for all children in today's world. A must read for educators everywhere."
Nancy Hornberger, University of Pennsylvania
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October 01, 2008
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