Jasone Cenoz: Advocate for Multilingual Education a Curriculum Scholar Review by Liam Trimm

Jasone Cenoz: Advocate for Multilingual Education a Curriculum Scholar Review by Liam Trimm

The increase in international economic and political interests has created a need for a common language among nations. The European Union is a prime example. This is not to suggest the imposition of a universal language, but simply encourage the acquisition of new languages in addition to traditional ones. Education plays an important role in preparing students to meet this need. Jasone Cenoz’s research in the Basque Autonomous Community within Spain suggests that schools can serve as a foundation to foster the acquisition of multiple languages. Instruction in both minority and majority languages, offer students the opportunity to develop their traditional as well as majority language. However, multilingual education moves beyond bilingualism. According Cenoz, students educated in minority and majority languages are in a unique position to acquire a third, international language. From an international perspective, the official bilingualism and multicultural make-up of nations such as Canada, suggest that Cenoz’s research is applicable outside of the European context.

To read more about Cenoz’s research please click on the following link: http://www.curriculumtheoryproject.ca/wp-content/uploads/2012/06/Scholar-Review-3-PDF.pdf