Encyclopedia of Bilingual Education
- Josue M. Gonzalez - Arizona State University, USA
“This new encyclopedia provides an overview of bilingual education in the U.S. Editor González, a professor of education at Arizona State University, and a team of more than 150 academics and graduate students have compiled a work that examines all aspects of the field. Noting the difference between bilingual education, which is “the use of two languages in the teaching of curriculum content in K–12 schools,” and learning a foreign language, the editor states that this work covers the former.
The alphabetical entries include topics such as Americanization and its critics, Biculturalism, Deaf bilingual education, English in the world, and Language loyalty. The beginning of each volume contains a complete list of entries as well as a reader’s guide, which groups the entries around key themes: “Family, Communities, and Society,” “History,” “Instructional Designs,” “Policy Evolution,” and more. These themes will help users focus and provide ideas for research. The entries are one to five pages long and include brief bibliographies. A series of appendixes provides primary source documents dealing with legislation and litigation concerning bilingual education.
With articles on Spanglish and Spanish loan words in English as well as Southeast Asian refugees and World Englishes, this encyclopedia has a broad scope that will make it useful in academic and large public libraries serving those involved in teaching and learning in multiple languages. Also available as an ebook.”