L1 - Educational Studies in Languages and Literature
L1 Educational Studies in Language and Literature

Publications Top 10
Bezemer, J., & Kroon, J. (2006). "You don't need to know the Turkish word". Immigrant minority language teaching policies and practice in the Netherlands. L1 – Educational Studies in Language and Literature, 6 (1), p. 13-29. https://doi.org/10.17239/L1ESLL-2006.06.01.06

This paper discusses recent developments in policies and practices of immigrant minority language teaching in the Netherlands. It focuses on the realisation of this provision as ‘language support’. Within this arrangement, an immigrant minority language is used as a medium of instruction for parts of the regular primary school curriculum. Following Goodlad et al. (1979), we identify different versions of the language support curriculum on the basis of in-depth analyses of policy documents from the national and local government (the formal curriculum), and the National Educational Innovation Centre for Primary Education and the Inspectorate of Education (the ideological curriculum). In addition, we analyse policies and practices with respect to language support at a multicultural primary school on the basis of observations, interviews, and school documents (the perceived, operational and experiential curriculum). The analyses reveal how policy makers, practitioners, and pupils differ in their understanding of the notion of language support. They also show how inaccurate assumptions with respect to the pupils’ relative command in Dutch and the minority language impact on actual practices of language support.


Authors Bezemer, Jeff
Kroon, Sjaak
Publication date 2006-05-22
DOI 10.17239/L1ESLL-2006.06.01.06
Collection vol 6, issue 1
bilingual education
classroom interaction
immigrant minority language teaching
language policy
school ethnography
Document 1
File 61bezemerkroonfinal.pdf
Available since 2017-08-18 11:56:43
Description Published version