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Foundations of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism by Colin Baker
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Dec 11, 2008

it was amazing
bookshelves: education-and-teaching, language-and-culture, nonfiction, read-in-2009
Recommended to Anna by: Samina
Recommended for: educators
Read in February, 2009

I'm finally done with this big, fat book on bilingual education and I must say it is incredibly thorough! I read all 19 chapters and have learned a LOT of theory and much about the realities of bilingual education in the United States and some other countries. The book takes a sociocultural view on language and begins by describing what bilingualism IS, how it is developed, how education systems can promote or discourage bilingualism, and also stays conscious of all of the political aspects of language, especially here in the United States.

I really enjoyed reading this book because I felt like it was all very well connected and there was a lot there but it was not necessarily overwhelming. The language isn't too technical and it's pretty easy on the eyes. The summaries at the end of each chapter are also great. I'd recommend this to anyone who's interested in learning a lot about bilingual education. Yes, parts are kind of redundant but it's an excellent, insightful read for all types of educators.
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01/31/2009 page 213
42.26% "I love this book. Everything I ever wanted to know about bilingual education."
02/12/2009 page 352
69.84% "Starting to get a bit redundant but still really useful and practical."
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Zhanna Ashotovna where to find this book in electronic variant? want to read it..


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