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ERIC Number: EJ1176952
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 2
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-1936-7384
Multilingualism and the Holistic Approach to Multilingual Education
Chen, Cheng-Ling Alice
Working Papers in TESOL & Applied Linguistics, v13 n2 p45-46 2013
The number of multilingual speakers now outnumbers that of monolinguals (Tucker, 1998). In a figure provided by the Linguistic Society of America, nations that are monolingual or mono-ethnic are the minority; on the contrary, scholars estimate over five-thousand languages are spoken in 160 nations around the world (Valdés, 2012). For those people, the usage of multiple languages occurs on a daily basis, possibly due to the emergence of global markets or the development of the Internet. The present commentary discusses multilingualism in relation to a newer perspective to multilingual education. First, the scope of multilingualism will be provided, followed by a discussion on a newer trend--a holistic approach--to multilingual education. A particular focus will be placed on monolingual bias, and insights for research on multilingualism will be proposed.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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