Creoles in education : an appraisal of current programs and by Bettina Migge; Isabelle Léglise; Angela Bartens

By Bettina Migge; Isabelle Léglise; Angela Bartens

This quantity deals a primary survey of initiatives from worldwide that search to enforce Creole languages in schooling. unlike past works, this quantity takes a holistic process. Chapters talk about the sociolinguistic, academic and ideological context of tasks, coverage advancements and undertaking implementation, improvement and evaluate. It compares other kinds of academic actions focusing Read more...

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It seems that this issue requires more cross-fertilization and cooperation between sociolinguists, applied linguists, educational researchers and language practitioners and, last but definitely not least, decision makers. e. ” However, analysis of most projects suggests that these goals are hardly attained by most, if any, of the projects. Most projects have a strongly transitional bilingualism focus. Essentially, the P/C is brought into education in order to facilitate and enhance mastery of the European Standard language that functions as the main medium of education.

Perceptions and attitudes can rapidly change in concert with other social changes. One of the biggest challenges in relation to assessments of effectiveness is the creation of adequate test materials. Testing materials usually exist for European languages and/or are in European languages. However, such tests only have limited usefulness for assessing the effectiveness of programs and projects involving P/Cs. , but they cannot test the overall effectiveness of activities carried out in the P/C. Moreover, such standardized tests rely on the fact that children have a high enough competence in the dominant educational language (to understand them) and have sufficiently absorbed the cultural practices on which tests are based.

Creoles in education  recommended duration for bilingual programs but usually duration is sacrificed on the altar of finance to the detriment of students; programs are pruned down to the very first years of the primary school cycle. 11 This is how Ravel & Thomas (1985) explain the success of the endeavor in the Seychelles compared to the failure in Haiti. Note, however, that the educational reform was part of a large-scale socialist revolution in the Seychelles which also favorably contributed to its success.

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