Foundations of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism / Edition 5

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The fifth edition of this bestselling book provides a comprehensive introduction to bilingualism and bilingual education. In a compact and clear style, its 19 chapters cover all the crucial issues in bilingualism at individual, group and national levels.
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Baker (education, U. of Wales at Bangor) presents a comprehensive textbook on bilingualism at individual, group and national levels which covers major issues and controversies about language minorities and bilingual education. The third edition includes minor changes (updates of references, additions of research findings) plus the addition of new and more thoroughly covered topics. These include changes in bilingual education in the U.S.; Dual Language schools; California and Proposition 227; economic advantages of bilingual education; language loss in the world and endangered languages; the politics of language testing, and more. Written for an international audience, and intended to introduce students to a positive world of bilingualism and bilingual education. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781847693556
  • Publisher: Channel View Publications Ltd
  • Publication date: 2/15/2011
  • Series: Bilingual Education and Bilingualism Series, #79
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 5
  • Pages: 512
  • Sales rank: 70,399
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 9.60 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Professor Colin Baker is Pro Vice Chancellor at Bangor University and holds a Personal Chair of the University of Wales. He is the author of a wide range of books with Multilingual Matters, including a companion volume to this book entitled Bilingual Education: an Introductory Reader co-edited with Ofelia GarcĂ­a. His research specific interests are in language planning and bilingual education. The previous editions of this book have sold over 70,000 copies with translations into Japanese, Korean, Spanish, Latvian, Georgian, Greek, Vietnamese and Mandarin. He edits/co-edits three Multilingual Matters Book Series and is Editor of the International Journal of Bilingualism and Bilingual Education.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements vi

Introduction ix

Chapter 1 Bilingualism: Definitions and Distinctions 1

Chapter 2 The Measurement of Bilingualism 18

Chapter 3 Endangered Languages: Planning and Revitalization 40

Chapter 4 Languages in Society 65

Chapter 5 The Early Development of Bilingualism 92

Chapter 6 The Later Development of Bilingualism 115

Chapter 7 Bilingualism and Cognition (updated by Panos Athanasopoulos) 138

Chapter 8 Cognitive Theories of Bilingualism and the Curriculum 163

Chapter 9 Historical Introduction to Bilingual Education: The United States (updated by Wayne Wright) 182

Chapter 10 Types of Bilingual Education 206

Chapter 11 Education for Bilingualism and Biliteracy 221

Chapter 12 The Effectiveness of Bilingual Education 253

Chapter 13 Effective Schools and Classrooms for Bilingual Students 282

Chapter 14 Literacy, Biliteracy and Multiliteracies for Bilinguals 311

Chapter 15 The Special Educational Needs, Assessment and Testing of Bilinguals 338

Chapter 16 Deaf People, Bilingualism and Bilingual Education 360

Chapter 17 Bilingualism and Bilingual Education as a Problem, Right and Resource 373

Chapter 18 Bilingualism and Bilingual Education: Ideology, Identity and Empowerment 389

Chapter 19 Bilingualism in the Modern World 410

Bibliography 428

Index 480

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