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ERIC Number: EJ837091
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-May
Pages: 21
Abstractor: As Provided
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ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1568-4555
Assumptions behind Singapore's Language-in-Education Policy: Implications for Language Planning and Second Language Acquisition
Dixon, L. Quentin
Language Policy, v8 n2 p117-137 May 2009
Singapore's officially bilingual education policy, in which the majority of children are schooled through a non-native medium with their "Mother Tongue" (an ethnic heritage language that is not necessarily spoken in the home) as a single school subject only, has resulted in dramatic language shifts in the population and high academic achievement as measured by international comparison studies. Much current second language acquisition theory would predict failure for such a policy. This paper examines the assumptions concerning language planning and second language acquisition underlying the city-state's language-in-education policy, their relation to current theory in the field, and how the case of Singapore can support or challenge these different theories.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Singapore