Encyclopedia of Bilingual Education
- Josue M. Gonzalez - Arizona State University, USA
"With articles on Spanglish and Spanish loan words in English as well as Southeast Asian refugees and World Englishes, this encyclopedia has a broad scope that will make it useful in academic and large public libraries serving those involved in teaching and learning in multiple languages. Also available as an ebook."
The simplest definition of bilingual education is the use of two languages in the teaching of curriculum content in K–12 schools. There is an important difference to keep in mind between bilingual education and the study of foreign languages as school subjects: In bilingual education, two languages are used for instruction, and the goal is academic success in and through the two languages. The traditional model of foreign-language study places the emphasis on the acquisition of the languages themselves.
The field of bilingual education is dynamic and even controversial. The two volumes of this comprehensive, first-stop reference work collect and synthesize the knowledge base that has been well researched and accepted in the United States and abroad while also taking note of how this topic affects schools, research centers, legislative bodies, advocacy organizations, and families. The Encyclopedia of Bilingual Education is embedded in several disciplines, including applied linguistics, politics, civil rights, historical events, and of course, classroom instruction. This work is a compendium of information on bilingual education and related topics in the United States with select international contributors providing global insight onto the field.
- Explores in a comprehensive, non-technical way the intricacies of this subject from multiple perspectives: its history, policy, classroom practice, instructional design, and research bases
- Shows connections between bilingual education and related subjects, such as linguistics, education equity issues, socio-cultural diversity, and the nature of demographic change in the United States
- Documents the history of bilingual education in the last half of the 20th century and summarizes its roots in earlier periods
- Discusses important legislation and litigation documents
· Family, Community, and Society
· Instructional Design
· Languages and Linguistics
· People and Organizations
· Policy Evolution
· Social Science Perspectives
· Teaching and Learning
The Encyclopedia of Bilingual Education is a valuable resource for those who wish to understand the polemics associated with this field as well as its technical details. This will be an excellent addition to any academic library.
“This new encyclopedia provides an overview of bilingual education in the U.S. Editor González, a professor of education at Arizona State University, and a team of more than 150 academics and graduate students have compiled a work that examines all aspects of the field. Noting the difference between bilingual education, which is “the use of two languages in the teaching of curriculum content in K–12 schools,” and learning a foreign language, the editor states that this work covers the former.
The alphabetical entries include topics such as Americanization and its critics, Biculturalism, Deaf bilingual education, English in the world, and Language loyalty. The beginning of each volume contains a complete list of entries as well as a reader’s guide, which groups the entries around key themes: “Family, Communities, and Society,” “History,” “Instructional Designs,” “Policy Evolution,” and more. These themes will help users focus and provide ideas for research. The entries are one to five pages long and include brief bibliographies. A series of appendixes provides primary source documents dealing with legislation and litigation concerning bilingual education.
With articles on Spanglish and Spanish loan words in English as well as Southeast Asian refugees and World Englishes, this encyclopedia has a broad scope that will make it useful in academic and large public libraries serving those involved in teaching and learning in multiple languages. Also available as an ebook.”