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Key Issues in Bilingualism and Bilingual Education Colin Baker

Key Issues in Bilingualism and Bilingual Education par Colin Baker

Key Issues in Bilingualism and Bilingual Education Colin Baker

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The book looks at world-wide evidence on issues surrounding bilingualism and bilingual education. These issues include the relationship between bilingualism and intelligence, the advantages and disadvantages of bilingual education and the role of attitude and motivation in bilingualism.

Key Issues in Bilingualism and Bilingual Education Résumé

Key Issues in Bilingualism and Bilingual Education Colin Baker

The book looks at world-wide evidence on three issues that concern all those interested in bilingualism and bilingual education. The first issue is whether speaking two languages affects thinking skills. This is examined in terms of the relationship between bilingualism and intelligence, and also in terms of a wide variety of international research on bilingualism and cognitive development. A critical examination of the research on this first issue highlights the many weaknesses and limitations of such research. However, with expressed reservations, the evidence indicates that bilingualism has positive consequences for thinking skills and cognitive development.

The second issue examined is whether children suffer or benefit from education which uses two languages. Traditions, recent developments and research on bilingual education from the USA, Canada, Wales, Ireland, England and Scotland are portrayed and discussed. The conditions of success for bilingual education, the relative merits of different types of bilingual schooling and a critical evaluation of the North American, British and Irish research are each considered.

The third issue of the book concerns the role of attitude and motivation in bilingualism. An individual's attitudes and motivation to becoming and remaining bilingual, or to allowing bilingualism to decline, is shown to be crucial. Discussion of this third issue suggests key psychological factors in the status and destiny of languages.

The book concludes by integrating the three issues. A wide variety of theories of bilingual development at a personal, social and education level are explored. This provides the basis for a summary of the present state of our understanding about bilingualism and bilingual education.

À propos de Colin Baker

Colin Baker is Emeritus Professor of Education at Bangor University. He has three bilingual children and has given talks for over 20 years to parents and teachers on bilingualism. His many publications on bilingualism include Foundations of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism, which has been translated into Japanese, Spanish, Latvian, Greek and Mandarin and is now in its 5th edition (2011).


Part 1 Bilingualism and intelligence. Part 2 Bilingualism and cognitive functioning: divergent and creative thinking; bilingualism and divergent thinking; bilingualism and an analytic orientation to language; Piaget and bilingualism; communicative sensitivity; the cognitive style of field dependence - independence and bilingualism. Part 3 Bilingual education in Britain and Ireland: types of bilingual education; bilingual education in Ireland, Scotland, England and Wales; conclusions on Celtic and English bilingual education. Part 4 Bilingual education - the judgement of North American research; USA; Canada. Part 5 Attitudes and bilingualism: attitude theory, measurement; attitude to Welsh - decline with age; attitude to Gaelic and Irish - public support and personal scepticism; attitude change. Part 6 Bilingualism and motivation: the measurement of motivation; overview of bilingualism and motivation; integrative and instrumental motivation; research in Wales on bilingualism and motivation. Part 7 Theory into practice: the balance theory; think tank model; the thresholds theory; the evolution of a theory concerning the language proficiency of bilinguals. two attitude/motivation models; C.B.Paulston's bilingual education theories; Spolsky's bilingual education evaluation model; the input-output-context-process bilingual education model; Cummins' theoretical framework for minority student intervention and empowerment.

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Key Issues in Bilingualism and Bilingual Education Colin Baker
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