24. Bilingual Education

  1. Tej K. Bhatia and
  2. William C. Ritchie
  1. Wayne E. Wright

Published Online: 3 OCT 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781118332382.ch24

The Handbook of Bilingualism and Multilingualism, Second Edition

The Handbook of Bilingualism and Multilingualism, Second Edition

How to Cite

Wright, W. E. (2012) Bilingual Education, in The Handbook of Bilingualism and Multilingualism, Second Edition (eds T. K. Bhatia and W. C. Ritchie), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781118332382.ch24

Editor Information

  1. Syracuse University, USA

Author Information

  1. University of Texas, San Antonio, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 3 OCT 2012
  2. Published Print: 7 NOV 2012

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781444334906

Online ISBN: 9781118332382

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Keywords:

  • bilingual education;
  • bilingual education programs;
  • bilingual education research;
  • language minority students

Summary

This chapter focuses on bilingual education programs for language minority students that deliberately provide language and content area instruction in both the native language and the dominant societal language. A basic premise of bilingual education is that students learn best in the language they understand the most. The chapter first presents a brief history of bilingual education, followed by an overview of bilingual education research, focusing mainly on research on the effectiveness of bilingual education for the language and academic development of minority children. It then discusses the methodological and theoretical issues, focusing primarily on various program models of bilingual education. The chapter concludes with brief comments on some challenges to providing bilingual programs.