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Expanding Educational Opportunity in Linguistically Diverse Societies

This report profiles educational programs in 13 countries around the world that address the linguistic needs of children who speak minority languages. Beginning with an overview of the current research on using native languages for initial instruction, this report describes how more than 20 innovative programs around the world have expanded educational opportunities for traditionally underserved minority language groups.

Included in the description of each program are issues such as language development and language planning, materials development, teacher training, teaching methodologies, research and evaluation and challenges that must be overcome. This report also challenges educational leaders to implement similar model programs and ensure that language minority children everywhere receive equal access to quality educational opportunities.

Dutcher, N. (2004). Expanding Educational Opportunity in Linguistically Diverse Societies. Prepare for the Center for Applied Linguistics (CAL).

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