ERIC Number: ED192591
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1976
Frisian-Dutch Bilingual Primary Schools.
To establish a framework for surveying the bilingual situation in the Netherlands and especially in Friesland, bilingualism is viewed from four angles: linguistically, psycholinguistically, sociolinguistically in the micro-environment (the speaker's community), and sociolinguistically in the macro-environment (the state). The background of bilingual education is sketched, and five widely differing types of bilingual schools from around the world are described. An attempt is then made at a comprehensive survey of foreign languages encountered in the Netherlands primary schools. With a basis thus built for the recognition of bilingual education in Friesland, the language situation in that province is described. Language ideology is discussed with reference to the language attitudes of first-year college students. The history of Frisian education is juxtaposed with the teaching situation today. The Flexible Education system in use in Friesland is elucidated. A consideration of the future of Frisian education revolves around the role of government as determined by statutory measures and the report of a government commission. It is concluded that, ideologically, bilingual education has a firm hold in Friesland, though its practical implementation is a continuing concern. (Author/JB)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Netherlands Ministry of Education and Sciences, The Hague.
Identifiers - Location: Netherlands