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Approaches to Teaching Linguistic Minority Students provides an invaluable and accessible resource for working with EAL students. It brings together the international experiences and expertise of a team of distinguished language educators who explore a range of teaching approaches and provide professionally-grounded practical advice. The chapters cover themes, references and pedagogic concerns common to teachers across the globe. This book will be of use to individual teachers who want to extend their knowledge and practice, and also as a set text for professional development programs.

Bilingual Approaches
Bilingual approaches
Ester J.de Jong and RebeccaFreeman Field

Traditionally, much debate about the schooling of bilingual learners in English-dominant countries has centred on the choice of medium of instruction: should students classified as English as an additional language (EAL) learners be taught exclusively in English or through a bilingual approach? While this debate might inform national policies to some limited extent, it has done little to improve our understanding of how classrooms and schools can be organized so that bilingual learners achieve academically, develop expertise in more than one language, and integrate into the classroom, school and community. For that, we need to move away from the quest for the best model to a set of principles that underlie quality schooling for all bilingual learners ...

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