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ERIC Number: ED188467
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979
Multinational Schools as Language Learning Media. Publication B-86.
Mackey, William F.
Several aspects of international education are discussed under the following headings: (1) the development of multinational schooling, (2) types of multinational schools, (3) aims and structure of multinational schools, (4) language learning, (5) language problems, and (6) improving the language learning potential. Historically, multinational schools were occasioned by the migration of peoples or the specific need for language instruction and bilingual education. Consequently, these schools differ among themselves in structure, content and goals. Their language learning advantage depends on the bilinguality of the curriculum and on the bilingual make-up of the school population. Generally speaking, multinational schools deal with second language learning in three ways. Some treat language as school subjects; some use them as the language of instruction for other subjects; and some depend on pupil interaction to achieve their bilingualism. The language problems of the schools are connected with interference, language attitudes, and the method and structure of the school. This study concludes that interethnic and interlinguistic interaction are more likely to bilingualize the student population than the lack of these features. An address list of international schools and institutions giving the International Baccalaureate is appended. (AMH)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Laval Univ., Quebec (Quebec). International Center for Research on Bilingualism.