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An Investigation into Bilingual Education for Children from Favored Socio-Economic Backgrounds. Problemes linguistiques des enfants de travailleurs migrants (Linguistic Problems of the Children of Migrant Workers) [microform] / Hugo Baetens Beardsmore
Bib ID 5340688
Format BookBook, MicroformMicroform, OnlineOnline
Baetens Beardsmore, Hugo
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Description [Washington, D.C.] : Distributed by ERIC Clearinghouse, 1977 
23 p. 

The investigation reported sought to discover: (1) whether the problems faced by children of favored socio-economic backgrounds residing in countries other than those of origin are the same as or different from those faced by less favored groups, and (2) whether the techniques and programs provided for these privileged children can give any insights for similar programs adapted for children from less favored groups. Three schools in Belgium were selected as investigation sites, and an open-ended questionnaire was used for the basis of the enquiry. All questions were asked orally during interviews with staff members, and, where possible, interviews were followed up by observation of the teaching program. All three schools were attended by children from upper-middle and middle classes. For purposes of the report, a bilingual program is defined as one that gives more attention to a second language than is normally the case in school curricula. The program and curricula of each school are described, and solutions to bilingual education are seen to range from transitional programs to balanced bilingual programs to the use of the second language for social studies. All schools claimed that a greater tolerance for diversity developed as a result of bilingual programs. (CLK)


ERIC Note: Paper prepared for the Colloquium of AIMAV in collaboration with the Commission of European Communities (10th, Brussels, Belgium, 1977) ; Association Internationale pour la Rocherche et la Diffusion des Methodes: Audio-Visuelles et Structuro-Globales.

Educational level discussed: Elementary Secondary Education.

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Reproduction Microfiche. [Washington D.C.]: ERIC Clearinghouse microfiches : positive. 
Subjects Affluent Youth.  |  Biculturalism.  |  Bilingual Education.  |  Bilingualism.  |  Disadvantaged Youth.  |  Elementary Secondary Education.  |  English.  |  French.  |  Language Instruction.  |  Language Programs.  |  Program Descriptions.  |  Second Language Learning.  |  Socioeconomic Background.  |  Socioeconomic Status.  |  Belgium
Form/genre Speeches/Meeting Papers.
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