By Rebecca D. Freeman
A normal advent to bilingualism, bilingual schooling, and minority schooling within the usa, and an ethnographic/discourse analytic research of the way one "successful" dual-language programme demanding situations mainstream US academic progammes that discriminate opposed to minority scholars and the languages they converse. Implications for learn perform and perform in different institution and neighborhood contexts are emphasised.
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German-speaking Americans, for example, were operating mother-tongue schools in Philadelphia as early as 1694, and in the mid-19th century a < previous page page_34 next page > < previous page page_35 next page > Page 35 number of German-English parochial and public schools were established by the German communities in Baltimore, Cinncinnati, Cleveland, Indianapolis, Milwaukee, and St Louis. French-language public schools served the French-speaking communities in northern New England and in Louisiana, and Spanish-language schools served the Spanish-speaking communities in Florida, California, and New Mexico.
My hope is that this book will stimulate bilingual education researchers, in particular, and educational researchers more generally to look at the complexity involved in transforming practice through educational interventions. I also hope this book will inspire educators who work with linguistically and culturally diverse student populations to critically examine their own assumptions about diversity and to consider how these assumptions shape the ways they organize their educational programs and practices.
Given that Oyster Bilingual School is considered successful by several independent criteria, it provides an excellent site for investigating how a group of educators organize their program and practices to meet the needs of their linguistically, culturally, and socioeconomically diverse student population. 'You Know, It's Much More Than Language' This section describes how I learned that Oyster Bilingual School's dual-language program is about, in the words of one teacher, 'much more than language'.
Bilingual Education and Social Change by Rebecca D. Freeman