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Social and Intercultural Benefits of Bilingual Education

A Peace-Linguistic Evaluation of «Staatliche Europa-Schule Berlin (SESB)»


Gabriela Meier

Is two-way immersion education associated with social and intercultural benefits? This book examines social and intercultural benefits of bilingual or two-way immersion (TWI) schooling in Staatliche Europa-Schule Berlin (SESB). The author uses quantitative methods to compare SESB with mainstream education and identifies a series of statistically significant differences between the two. These findings contribute to the well-structured argument that SESB programmes can play a role in promoting social integration and group cohesiveness within schools and potentially in the wider society. The author also makes a number of recommendations for stakeholders and policymakers, and suggests that SESB may indeed serve as a useful model for other multilingual areas of Europe.
Contents: Social and intercultural benefits of two-way immersion (TWI) education – Peace-linguistic examination of Staatliche Europa-Schule Berlin – Summary of TWI research in Germany – Quantitative design with control group (n=603) – Discussion of findings from Germany and the USA in a European Dimension – Recommendations for stakeholders.