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ERIC Number: ED420174
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998
Pages: 9
Abstractor: N/A
The Linguistic Immersion and the Programs of Bilingual Education in the Basque Country.
Sierra, Josu
A discussion of bilingual education in the Basque Country of Spain presents and compares three language education program/policy models: (1) the traditional approach to language instruction as a subject area, found to be minimally effective in developing second language skills; (2) partial immersion, originally with instruction almost exclusively in the second language from ages 3-6, then in both languages, a model later involving more extensive exposure in the native language; and (3) instruction entirely in Basque, used in both predominantly Basque-speaking and Spanish-speaking communities, with varying results depending on the native-language composition of the classes and the treatment of native-speaking students as a resource. The last model is gaining in popularity in the Basque Country. Research on the effectiveness of the three models in developing students' language proficiency is examined briefly. Contains 4 references. (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Spain