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FYI: New Benjamins Language Education Journal

Author: Paul Peranteau

Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics

FYI Body: John Benjamins Publishing is please to announce a new journal in the
field of language education:

Journal of Immersion and Content-Based Language Education
Edited by Siv Björklund and Diane J. Tedick
University of Vaasa / University of Minnesota

ISSN 2212-8433 | E-ISSN 2212-8441

The Journal of Immersion and Content-Based Language Education
(JICB) aims at publishing research on language immersion and other
types of content-based language education programmes that are
subject matter-driven and subject matter-accountable. The journal will
provides a forum for research on well-established immersion and
content-based programmes as well as research on new initiatives
within the broad field of content-based language education. Both
programme-specific and programme-contrastive articles are invited.

JICB editors welcome submissions of the highest quality that report on
empirical research and/or offer theoretical discussions, and we seek
innovative submissions that push the field forward and generate new
knowledge. We encourage work that aims to break down barriers that
have isolated language education from other disciplines. The content
of each JICB issue is expected to be geographically broad and
multidisciplinary (pedagogy; applied linguistics; sociology; psychology;
speech, language, hearing sciences; language policy and planning;
etc.). JICB supports the use of a wide range of research
methodologies (qualitative, quantitative, mixed methods), including
action research.

Immersion programmes are school-based, subject-matter driven
programmes that aim for academic achievement, additive bilingualism
and biliteracy (multilingualism/multiliteracy) and cultural pluralism
through increased intercultural competence. They incorporate high
language intensity (i.e., at least 50% of subject matter instruction
through the medium of the “immersion” language). JICB targets a wide
range of immersion/bilingual programmes including:

* second or foreign language immersion (e.g., Swedish immersion in
Finland, French immersion in Canada, Mandarin Chinese immersion in
the U.S., English immersion in Hong Kong)
* bilingual immersion (e.g., Korean/English “two-way” immersion
programmes in the U.S., French/English programmes in Canada)
* double immersion programmes (e.g., French-Hebrew-English
programs in Canada, English-Hebrew-Portuguese programmes in
* developmental bilingual programmes (e.g., Spanish/English
programmes in the U.S.)
* indigenous/aboriginal language immersion programmes that aim
for language and culture revitalization (e.g., Māori immersion in New
Zealand, Hawaiian immersion in the U.S.)
* immersion programmes in minority autochthonous languages (e.g.,
Irish immersion in Ireland, Basque immersion in Spain)

Content-based language education (non-immersion) is also subject-
matter driven and includes, for example, language across the
curriculum (LAC) initiatives at the post-secondary level, CLIL (content
and language integrated learning) programmes, sheltered second
language instruction [in English as a second language (ESL)
programmes in the U.S., Australia, the UK, e.g.], language for specific
purposes, and so on.

JICB will begin publication in 2013.

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