ERIC Number: EJ724694
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Preparing a Prosperous Future: Promoting Culture and Business Through Bilingual Education
Vance, Christine Wallgren
Bilingual Research Journal, v28 n3 p463-482 Fall 2004
This paper describes an ambitious educational program uniting the efforts of Swiss, German, and French business associations, corporations, government agencies, and regional school boards in the Upper Rhine Valley, where economy and culture transcend national borders. The objectives of the program are to promote bilingualism, to teach the young people what factors unite and what factors differentiate their communities, and to optimize conditions for prosperous economic development based on knowledge of geographic, historical, sociocultural, and socioeconomic data. The focus of this paper is the program's textbook, "Leben am Oberrhein/Vivre dans le Rhin Superieur" [Living in the Upper Rhine Valley], created especially for the communities of the Upper Rhine Valley and the center of the program. The program is multifaceted and innovative. This paper concentrates on Europe (where the program originated) as well as the United States of America (home to the author and the majority of "Bilingual Research Journal" readers) and its neighboring countries (essentially Canada and Mexico). Yet the program can serve as an inspiring model throughout the world for community leaders and educators wishing to promote bilingualism within communities formed by native speakers of a dominant language and groups of various heritage language speakers and cultures, or in neighboring communities with different backgrounds and mother tongues.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Regional Schools, Public Agencies, Corporations, Native Speakers, Language Dominance, Economic Development, Community Leaders, Bilingual Education, Bilingualism, Heritage Education, Program Descriptions
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: France; Germany; Switzerland