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ERIC Number: ED360823
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991
Pages: 19
Abstractor: N/A
Language Use in Classrooms in Western Samoan Schools.
Lo Bianco, Joseph; Liddicoat, Anthony
Working Papers of the National Languages Institute of Australia, v1 n1 p83-100 1991
To inform discussions of revising the curriculum of junior secondary schools in Western Samoa, a series of structured observations of classrooms was conducted. Data from 145 classes, covering Business/Commercial Studies, English Home Economics, Manual Arts, Mathematics, Samoan Studies, Science and Social Science, were analyzed. With the exception of Samoan Studies and Manual Arts, all classes were taught in English. Results show that teachers employed a mixing approach to bilingual teaching, in which both languages are used concurrently in all subject areas. Mixing was also a feature of student language use, and classes in which English was used exclusively by the students had much higher levels of language mixing than those in which students used only Samoan. Disadvantages to the use of mixing as a method of bilingual education are addressed. (JP)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Reports - Research; Journal Articles
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A