ERIC Number: ED397623
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1990
10 Anos de ensenanza bilingue, 1979-80 - 1989-90, 24 Euskara Zerbitzua Zablkunde-Lanak (Ten Years of Bilingual Education, 1979-80 - 1989-90).
Basque Autonomous Community, Vitoria (Spain). Dept. of Education, Universities, and Research.
This report provides an overview of bilingual education in the Basque area of Spain over the last 10 years. Since 1982, a government decree established that public education was to be conducted following 1 of 3 models of bilingual education: 1) instruction is basically in Spanish, with Basque taught as a separate course; 2) content instruction is 50% in Spanish and 50% in Basque; 3) instruction is basically in Basque, with Spanish taught as a separate course. The models are in clear expansion, which will be reflected at the high school level in the next 5 years. There has been a remarkable increase in the number of bilingual teachers during the last 10 years. Because the Department of Education has taken measures to make it possible for Basque to be used in the workplace, around 38% of administrative staff at public schools, school district, and the central education office are speakers of both Spanish and Basque. The Basque Aptitude Test (EG) is now taken by both younger and older teachers who want to improve their qualifications, and by students in bilingual instructional models one and two who have not yet entered university. Several other standardized tests to measure Basque language proficiency have been developed. A training program for Spanish-speaking teachers offers Basque language seminars at schools during or after working hours. Literacy programs are also offered in Basque. (VWL)
Descriptors: Basque, Bilingual Education, Elementary Secondary Education, Foreign Countries, Inservice Teacher Education, Language of Instruction, Language Planning, Language Tests, Literacy Education, Models, Spanish, Standardized Tests, Uncommonly Taught Languages
Servicio Central de Publicaciones, Gobierno Vasco, Duque de Wellington 2, 01011 Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain.
Publication Type: Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Basque Autonomous Community, Vitoria (Spain). Dept. of Education, Universities, and Research.
Identifiers - Location: Spain