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Title: Rethinking Bilingual Education in Postcolonial Contexts
Written By: Feliciano Chimbutane
Series Title: Bilingual Education and Bilingualism

This book calls for critical adaptations when theories of bilingual
education, based on practices in the North, are applied to the countries of
the global South. For example, it challenges the assumption that
transitional models necessarily lead to language shift and cultural
assimilation. Taking an ethnographically-based narrative on the purpose and
value of bilingual education in Mozambique as a starting point, it shows
how, in certain contexts, even a transitional model may strengthen the
vitality of local languages and associated cultures, instead of weakening
them. The analysis is based on the view that communicative practices in the
classroom influence and are influenced by institutional, local and societal
processes. Within this framework, the book shows how education in
low-status languages can play a role in social and cultural transformation,
especially where post-colonial contexts are concerned.

Publication Year: 2011
Publisher: Multilingual Matters
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Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics
Anthropological Linguistics
Language Acquisition
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Format: Hardback
ISBN-13: 9781847693648
Pages: 200
Prices: U.S. $ 139.95
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-13: 9781847693631
Pages: 200
Prices: U.K. £ 24.95
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