ERIC Number: ED340213
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1987
Reference Count: N/A
Multilingual Britain: The Educational Challenge.
This essay and a report focus on the challenge to Britain's educational system posed by an increasingly multicultural and multilingual population. The essay, "Towards a Curriculum Policy for a Multilingual World," attempts to clarify the implications of multilingualism for the entire curriculum, for both curriculum design and administrative concerns. A 10-point plan of action is presented, indicating the need for teachers and other staff fluent in the community languages. The report, "The Education of Bilingual Learners: Towards a Coherent Policy," is the result of a working group on bilingual education within the Inner London Education Authority. Its sections address the following topics: racism, bilingual education, and the need for a policy for equality; a philosophy of bilingual education; the need for schools to keep in touch with the communities they serve; school-level issues of population mobility, placement, reception, orientation, and transfer; curriculum and instruction, guidance, and overall language policy; the needs of recent arrivals in the country; and resources. Appended materials include four bilingual curriculum models and comparisons with the systems of four other countries: the United States, Sweden, Bavaria, and Australia. An extensive bibliography (170 references) is included. The main bulk of the bibliography is a study bibliography prepared for use by the author and his colleagues. It is not complete and many of the books contain fuller bibliographies. These works are of some help in thinking about the curriculum for a multilingual world and the education of bilingual learners. Those which are exceptionally useful have an asterisk by them. (Author/MSE)
Descriptors: Change Strategies, Comparative Education, Cultural Pluralism, Educational Change, Educational Policy, Elementary Secondary Education, Foreign Countries, Multilingualism, Policy Formation, Public Policy
Centre for Information on Language Teaching and Research, Regent's College, Inner Circle, Regent's Park, London NW1 4NS, England (7.95 British pounds).
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Centre for Information on Language Teaching and Research, London (England).
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom; United Kingdom (London)