By Jasone Cenoz, Fred Genesee
Provides theoretical, empirical, and sensible bases for imposing multilingual schooling programmes to organize scholars for a multilingual global. The booklet addresses matters proper to multilingual acquisition, the mixing of content material guide in multilingual programmes, instructor schooling, and the function of tradition in multilingual faculties. It additionally offers case stories of multilingual faculties in several elements of the area.
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Another factor that may have important implications for multilingual education but has not received direct attention is age. There has been a great deal of empirical investigation on the effects of age on second language acquisition (see Long, 1990; Singleton, 1989, for example). The effectiveness of early introduction of second languages as media of instruction has been mixed, with some studies reporting no differences between younger and older learners and others reporting advantages for older relative to younger learners (see Genesee, 1987, and Chapter 11 this volume).
Similarly, Genesee (Chapter 11 this volume) suggests that double immersion (or trilingual education) for English-speaking children in Canada may enhance the development of language learning strategies. In a series of comparisons of monolinguals and multilinguals learning artificial linguistic systems, Nation and McLaughlin (1986); McLaughlin and Nayak (1989); and Nayak et al. (1990) found that multilingual subjects were superior to monolinguals in a number of ways: (1) they demonstrated greater flexibility in switching strategies according to the demand characteristics of the task - for example, they preferred mnemonic strategies for a memory task and linguistic strategies for a rule-discovery task; (2) they were more likely to modify strategies that were not effective in language learning; and (3) they were more effective using implicit learning strategies (see also, Hurd, 1993).
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Beyond Bilingualism: Multilingualism and Multilingual Education (Multilingual Matters) by Jasone Cenoz, Fred Genesee