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Supporting bilingual learners in schools

Supporting bilingual learners in schools

Gravelle, Margaret (1996) Supporting bilingual learners in schools. Trentham Books Ltd, Stoke on Trent, UK. ISBN 1858560535

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Starting from the perspective that bilingualism is an asset, the book describes approaches and strategies for schools to adopt that support and develop the skills of bilingual learners. A theoretical framework and research on which it is based are outlined, and suggestions are made for classroom strategies and procedures. The first chapter discusses the issues of entitlement and provision for bilingual learners in the British context, and the second reviews research on language development, particularly as it relates to bilingualism. The third chapter outlines reasons for valuing first languages in the schools, and the fourth looks at the distinctive language of the school environment, its effect on bilingual students, and the specific needs of bilingual learners new to a school in which their home language is not the language of instruction. Chapter five discusses explanations of and remedies for the underachievement of bilingual students under the National Curriculum in Britain. The final chapter examines the relationship between policy and practice, and makes recommendations for better articulation of the two. Contains 248 references

Item Type: Book
Uncontrolled Keywords: bilingual education, bilingualism, classroom techniques, curriculum design, educational environment, educational policy, elementary secondary education, foreign countries, language maintenance, language role, language skills, language usage, native language, instruction, policy formation, program design, skill development, student rights
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education
L Education > LC Special aspects of education
L Education > L Education (General)
Pre-2014 Departments: School of Education
School of Education > Department of Primary Education
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