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ERIC Number: EJ954603
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Dec
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0020-8566
Trends and Innovative Practices in Multilingual Education in Europe: An Overview
Busch, Brigitta
International Review of Education, v57 n5-6 p541-549 Dec 2011
This overview focuses on Europe, a linguistically diverse region and moreover home to a number of minority languages. Over the past five decades, the focus of research on bi- or multilingual education has shifted from an initial emphasis on speakers' identities and their membership of homogenous imagined communities to an interest in learners' diverse and not usually clear-cut (multi)lingual repertoires. In the wake of regionalist movements emerging in the 1960s and an increase in transmigration and global mobility from the 1990s onwards, different models of practices and policies have developed in European bi- and multilingual education. The author discerns four different policy orientations and three types of structured language distribution practices. The challenge for policy-makers and schools is to choose carefully which of these models work best in their particular environments.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: Policymakers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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