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Insights into Language Education Policies


Edited By Manuel Jiménez Raya and Terry Lamb

Insights into Language Education Policies is of particular interest to academic researchers, policymakers, and teaching professionals interested in language education. It aims to provide the reader with critical insights into language education policies in diverse countries around the world. The chapters examine from different perspectives (for instance, migration and minority languages, indigenous languages, and content and language integrated learning [CLIL] instruction) the measures adopted in these settings to foster (modern) language learning, underlining their strengths and weaknesses and suggesting future avenues and courses of action to enhance plurilingual education in these particular contexts and beyond.

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From bilingualism to multilingualism in the Basque Autonomous Community: An overview of language policies and research outcomes (Borja Manzano Vázquez)


Borja Manzano Vázquez

From bilingualism to multilingualism in the Basque Autonomous Community: An overview of language policies and research outcomes

Abstract: The present chapter analyses the different language policies and initiatives implemented to promote language education in the Basque Autonomous Community (a small region in the north of Spain), focusing on the shift from bilingualism to multilingualism due to the implementation of CLIL (Content and Language Integrated Learning) methodology in Basque schools. The chapter begins by examining the development of bilingual education (Basque-Spanish) in the region and it then discusses how CLIL has been implemented in the Basque school system. Next, it explores the findings of the main studies conducted in the Basque Autonomous Community on the impact of CLIL on learners’ language learning, pointing out potential flaws and shortcomings in these studies so as to address them in future research. The chapter concludes by suggesting different courses of action which should be adopted in the near future in order to improve multilingual education and the implementation of CLIL methodology in this Spanish region.

Keywords: Bilingual education, multilingual education, CLIL, CLIL research

1 Introduction

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