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ERIC Number: ED466099
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Oct
Pages: 125
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Expanding Educational Opportunity in Linguistically Diverse Societies.
Dutcher, Nadine
This report provides information designed to encourage those working in international education to directly confront "language problems" by considering the effectiveness and feasibility of initial education in the mother tongue or local language. It serves as a bridge between applied linguistics and developmental education, exploring educational limitations arising from language barriers and innovative ways in which these limitations have been addressed. It describes successful and innovative programs that multilingual countries have implemented to expand educational opportunity, especially for underserved groups, clarifying replication of these programs in other countries and emphasizing the need for leadership on language issues. Chapter 1 reviews the international context for language in education and the importance of initial education in the mother tongue. Chapters 2 and 3 discuss promising and innovative approaches in 13 countries, describing necessary foundation work and external support. Chapter 4 outlines opportunities for assistance, emphasizing the importance of global leadership on language issues. Chapter 5 offers observations on the relationships between language and school access, equity, and quality and the importance of making innovative education programs the norm in multilingual countries. Appendixes contain summaries of the 13 innovative programs and an annotated list of key organizations. (Contains 111 references.) (SM)
Center for Applied Linguistics, 4646 40th Street, N.W., Washington, DC 20016-1859. Tel: 202-362-0700; Fax: 202-362-3740; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Ford Foundation, New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: Center for Applied Linguistics, Washington, DC.
Identifiers - Location: Bolivia; Cameroon; Cote d'Ivoire; Eritrea; Ethiopia; Guatemala; Indonesia; Mali; Mexico; Namibia; Papua New Guinea; Philippines; Vietnam