Multi-dimentional Linguistic Systems
Series: Multi-Linguism, Educational Programs (vol. 1)
Publication date: 13/06/2019
New Innovative methodology to practice Multilinguism
Specially Designed Program for Deeper Understanding of the New Dynamic Immersion Method in Linguistics and New Pathways to use it in everyday life contribution. Goals for immersion education have expanded to include bicultural- ism, and most recently, multilingualism and multiculturalism. Bicultural- ism and multiculturalism are difficult concepts to operationalize and measure. Efforts have been made to do so using questionnaires and inter- views to elicit learners’ attitudes toward ethnolinguistic groups other than their own. But just what do we mean by bi- and multiculturalism? Do our expectations relate to students’ appreciation and knowledge of other cultures, or do they relate to the affective aspects of cognition – about students’ feelings toward members of other cultures and identification with them? A full discussion on what we mean by biculturalism and multiculturalism will invoke competing beliefs and ideologies. Disagreements and disputes are inevitable. But it is a much needed discussion, if for no other reason than to determine whether our expectations are appropriately set. The implications of such a discussion, however, are much broader. They range from making choices about curriculum development and teacher education to relevant research methodology. Quasi-experimental, quantitative research might be appropriate to respond to questions about cultural knowledge whereas qualitative, ethnographic research will more likely help us to understand identity issues.
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