This book introduces readers to the first publicly funded, two-way bilingual program in the United States, Coral Way Elementary School. It details the historical, social and political origins of the school; reviews the various discussions and conceptualization of the bilingual education program as a 50:50 model; and describes the training of the teachers and their work in designing curriculum for the bilingual students. Finally, it reviews whether the program was a success and outlines what lessons can be learned from the Coral Way Experiment for future bilingual programs. It is essential reading for all scholars of dual language education, for educational historians, for students of language policy and planning, and for teachers and educators who work in the context of dual language education in the US and worldwide.
About the Author
Maria R. Coady is Irving and Rose Fien Endowed Professor and Associate Professor of ESOL/Bilingual Education at the University of Florida, USA. Her research specialises in English Language Learners and multilingual students, especially those in rural settings. Her most recent publication is Connecting School and the Multilingual Home (Multilingual Matters, 2019).
Table of Contents
Foreword: Lourdes RoviraOverviewPrologueChapter 1. Origin of the ExperimentChapter 2. The 50:50 ModelChapter 3. Cuban Educators: Aides, “The Marines”, and Teachers Chapter 4. The Miami Linguistic Readers and Curriculum DevelopmentChapter 5. Did it Work?: Findings from the Coral Way ExperimentChapter 6. The Building a Bilingual Network Epilogue