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ERIC Number: EJ908451
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Aug
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0965-8416
Facing Bilingual Education: Kindergarten Teachers' Attitudes, Strategies and Challenges
Schwartz, Mila; Mor-Sommerfeld, Aura; Leikin, Mark
Language Awareness, v19 n3 p187-203 Aug 2010
This article examines how majority-language teachers coping with additive education view their roles in a bilingual framework, how they perceive issues of culture and language in young bilingual children, and how they understand the term "bilingual education" in an L2 non-additive context. The study has been conducted in the context of pre-school bilingual education of second generation Russian-Hebrew speaking immigrants from the former Soviet Union in Israel. Using an ethnographic approach comprising observation, interviews and life histories, a set of behaviours and beliefs has been revealed, enabling us to compare approaches in two bilingual--Russian-Hebrew--kindergartens. This is discussed at both the micro- (teachers' reports) and the macro- (Israeli language and educational policies) level. (Contains 3 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Kindergarten
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Israel