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Thu Oct 21 2004

Books: Applied Ling/Socioling: Tollefson, Tsui (Eds)

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        1.    Susan Barker, Medium of Instruction Policies: Tollefson, Tsui (Eds)

Message 1: Medium of Instruction Policies: Tollefson, Tsui (Eds)

Date: 12-Oct-2004
From: Susan Barker <>
Subject: Medium of Instruction Policies: Tollefson, Tsui (Eds)

Title: Medium of Instruction Policies 
 Subtitle: Which Agenda? Whose Agenda? 
 Publication Year: 2004 
 Publisher: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates
 Editor: James W. Tollefson
 Editor: Amy B.M. Tsui
 Hardback: ISBN: 0805842772 Pages: 312 Price: U.S. $ 69.95
 Paperback: ISBN: 0805842780 Pages: 312 Price: U.S. $ 32.50
 Medium of instruction policies in education have considerable impact not
 only on the school performance of students and the daily work of teachers,
 but also on various forms of social and economic (in)equality. 
 In many multiethnic and multilingual countries, the choice of a language
 for the medium of instruction in state educational systems raises a
 fundamental and complex educational question: what combination of
 instruction in students' native language(s) and in a second language of
 wider communication will ensure that students gain both effective
 subject-content education, as well as the second-language skills necessary
 for higher education and employment? Beyond this educational issue of
 choice of language(s) of instruction, medium of instruction policies are
 also linked to a range of important sociopolitical issues, including
 globalization, migration, labor policy, elite competition, and the
 distribution of economic resources and political power. The contributors to
 this volume examine the tension between the educational agendas and other
 social and political agendas underlying medium of instruction policies in
 different countries around the world, and unravel the connections between
 these policies and the related, critically important educational, social,
 political, and economic issues. 
 Medium of Instruction Policies: Which Agenda? Whose Agenda? is intended for
 scholars and specialists in education, language policy, sociolinguistics,
 applied linguistics, and language teaching, and is intended for use in
 graduate and advanced undergraduate courses on language education and
 language policy. 
 Linguistic Field(s): Sociolinguistics
                      Applied Linguistics
                      Second Language
 Written In: English  (Language Code: ENG)
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