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Tue May 7 2002

Books: Socioling: Power, prestige and Bilingualism

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  1. kathryn, Power, prestige and Bilingualism by Anne-Marie de Mejia

Message 1: Power, prestige and Bilingualism by Anne-Marie de Mejia

Date: Tue, 07 May 2002 10:53:28 +0000
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Subject: Power, prestige and Bilingualism by Anne-Marie de Mejia

Title: Power, Prestige and Bilingualism
Subtitle: International Perspectives on Elite Bilingualism
Series Title: Bilingual Education & Bilingualism
Publication Year: 2002
Publisher: Multilingual Matters
Book URL:
Author: Anne-Marie de Mejia 

Hardback: ISBN: 1853595918, Pages: 322, Price: £59.95 / US$89.95 / CAN$119.95
Paperback: ISBN: 185359590X, Pages: 322, Price: £24.95/ US$39.95/ CAN$49.95

POWER, PRESTIGE, AND BILINGUALISM: International Perspectives on
Elite Bilingual Education by Anne-Marie de
Mejia, (Universidad del Valle, Cali, Colombia)

The book will serve as an important new resource for both teachers and
researchers in the field of bilingual education. 
Marilyn Martin-Jones, University of Wales Aberystwyth

Key Features

Little has previously been written on bilingualism in elite
Aimed at multiple audiences: teachers,
students, researchers working in the area of bilingual education


This book describes a particular type of educational provision
referred to as "elite" or "prestigious" bilingual education, which caters
mainly for upwardly mobile, highly educated, higher socio-economic
status learners of two or more internationally useful languages. The
development of different types of elite bilingual or multilingual
educational provision is discussed an argument is made for the need to
study bilingual education in majority as well as in minority contexts.

Section A: General Perspectives and Issues
1. Elite bilingualism as a world-wide phenomenon; 
2. Definitions and distinctions; 
3. Elite bilingualism as a socio-cultural phenomenon; 
4. Teaching and learning in elite bilingual educational contexts; 
5. Relationships and participants in elite bilingual educational processes; 
6. Research traditions and trends, partnerships and empowerment in elite 
bilingual educational contexts.

Section B: Elite Bilingual Provision in Specific Contexts of Implementation
7. Africa: Multilingualism, vernaculars, intra- and international languages;
8. South America: From provision for expatriates to bilingual education for 
host country nationals; 
9. Asia: �EurooeLanguages of the head and languages of the heart; 
10. Europe: Prestige languages and international communication; 
11. Oceania: Immersion in languages other than English; 
12. The discourse of elite bilingual education: a critical analysis; 
13. Common problem areas in the practice of bilingual pedagogy in elite 
educational contexts; 
14. Conclusions and future perspectives on practice and research in elite 
bilingual education

Author information

Anne-Marie de Mejia works in the Linguistics Department of the School
of Language Sciences at Universidad del Valle, Cali, Colombia where
she is currently co-ordinator of the Bilingualism Research Group. She
obtained her Ph.D in Linguistics from Lancaster University (U.K.) in
1994. Her research interests include bilingual classroom interaction,
the construction of bilingual curricula and processes of empowerment,
and bilingual teacher development.

June 2002 Bilingual Education and Bilingualism 35 
Format 245 x 174mm xiv + 322pp 
Hbk ISBN 1-85359-591-8 £59.95 / US$89.95 / CAN$119.95
Pbk ISBN 1-85359-590-X £24.95/ US$39.95/ CAN$49.95
Lingfield(s): Sociolinguistics 

Written In: English 

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