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Title: Power, Prestige and Bilingualism
Subtitle: International Perspectives on Elite Bilingualism
Written By: Anne-Marie de Mejía
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Series Title: Bilingual Education & Bilingualism

International Perspectives on Elite Bilingual Education

Anne-Marie de Mejía (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 contexts  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 and 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: “Languages 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

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Anne-Marie de Mejía 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
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Publication Year: 2002
Publisher: Multilingual Matters
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Pages: 322
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Pages: 322
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