book notice: Medium of Instruction Policies: Which Agenda? Whose Agenda?

Harold Schiffman hfsclpp at
Fri Jul 25 14:44:46 UTC 2008

Medium of Instruction Policies: Which Agenda? Whose Agenda?
  Author Tollefson, James W.; Tsui, Amy B.M.
  Publisher Taylor & Francis Group
  Year 2003
  Language: English

  Description 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.

  Price  34.30 €
  Format  Ebook (PDF+DRM)

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