ERIC Number: EJ728255
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Bilingualism and Biliteracy for All? Unpacking Two-Way Immersion at Second Grade
Language and Education, v18 n1 p69-92 2004
This study unpacks the inherent tension that arises when any school adopts a particular model for reform--how to mesh a model with the reality of daily life in the classroom. In the field of bilingual education, programme models abound, and the literature reflects a great diversity among them, as well as efforts to evaluate their relative effectiveness. This interpretive, ethnographic study reveals how one particular programme model, two-way immersion, is enacted in the context of Monte Vista Elementary. The study illustrates the tension between the two-way immersion model and implementation at the school site. The staff developed a series of school-wide agreements regarding student placement, outcome goals, and literacy instruction. These agreements shaped the nature of literacy instruction, and for one teacher led to a focus on language of instruction rather than rich, authentic literacy events for all students.
Descriptors: Student Placement, Educational Change, Ethnography, Bilingual Education, Literacy Education, Immersion Programs, Bilingualism, Grade 2, Models, Elementary Schools, Second Language Instruction
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 2
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