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Foundations for Multilingualism in Education

Foundations for Multilingualism in Education: From Principles to Practice

Ester J. de Jong
ISBN: 978-1-934000-06-9
Paperback: 304 pages
Published: May, 2011

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Guofang Li

Michigan State University

Foundations for Multilingualism in Education: From Principles to Practice is a must-have text for anyone who is interested in issues around bilingual and multilingual education and globalization. This is one of the much needed books that bring together theories, practices, and resources on multilingualism in the context of globalization. The topics covered are comprehensive, timely, and assessable to a wide variety of readers including undergraduate and graduate students, teachers, administrators and even parents of culturally diverse backgrounds.


Socorro Herrera

Kansas State University

DeJong offers a new perspective on multilingualism that is contextual, pluralistic, reflective, and well grounded in principles of best practice. This book succeeds in guiding educators through capacity building that emphasizes the student's outlook on culture and language. DeJong specifically addresses programming and policy from a new perspective, moving the field forward. A must read for ALL educators!


Diane J. Tedick

University of Minnesota

With clarity and insight, de Jong invites readers to explore the complex and fascinating world of multilingualism in education. Weaving together research conducted in the U.S. and a multitude of international contexts, this volume provides a comprehensive account of the issues, paradoxes, and challenges that face educators who strive to prepare today's learners to thrive in multilingual and multicultural contexts. Through the introduction and exemplification of four key principles for putting language policy into practice in educational settings, de Jong brilliantly illustrates how all schools can provide educational equity and embrace multilingualism and multiculturalism for all learners. This is an invaluable resource for preservice and inservice teachers and administrators as well as researchers—essential reading for all those interested in promoting multilingualism and equity in education.


Diane J. Tedick

University of Minnesota

With clarity and insight, de Jong invites readers to explore the complex and fascinating world of multilingualism in education. Weaving together research conducted in the U.S. and a multitude of international contexts, this volume provides a comprehensive account of the issues, paradoxes, and challenges that face educators who strive to prepare today's learners to thrive in multilingual and multicultural contexts. Through the introduction and exemplification of four key principles for putting language policy into practice in educational settings, de Jong brilliantly illustrates how all schools can provide educational equity and embrace multilingualism and multiculturalism for all learners. This is an invaluable resource for preservice and inservice teachers and administrators as well as researchers—essential reading for all those interested in promoting multilingualism and equity in education.


Donna Christian

Center for Applied Linguistics, Washington DC

This volume offers a comprehensive, insightful, and practical guide to quality education for students in multilingual and multicultural contexts. Based on a sound and transparent research base, its refreshing perspective focuses on creating conditions that will foster multilingual development and school success, and it gives useful advice about policies and practices that are principled but flexible and contextually appropriate. The result is a book that should be a key resource for all educators –and that will be especially appreciated by those who directly serve multilingual populations.