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ERIC Number: EJ1051536
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Oct
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1657-0790
Education for Bilingualism: Connecting Spanish and English from the Curriculum, into the Classroom, and Beyond (Educación para el bilingüismo: español e inglés conectados desde el currículo hasta el salón de clase, y más allá)
Ordóñez, Claudia Lucía
PROFILE: Issues in Teachers' Professional Development, v13 n2 p147-161 Oct 2011
I present here the results of a qualitative research study on the impact of a curriculum that connects learning events in Spanish and English in authentic communicative performances during its first year of use in a private school in a medium-size Colombian city. I did discourse analysis of interviews with participating teachers and class observations including small in-situ interviews with teachers and students. They revealed positive changes in the language learning environments of the school, the teachers' ideas about language and language learning, and the students' communicative skills and ways of learning. I use these results to introduce the concept of "education for bilingualism" to replace that of "bilingual education" we use in Colombia. I find the practices of the latter ineffective in our mostly monolingual context.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Colombia
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