This is a short paper referred to when we were visiting the Teacher Training Centre. Click on title to link. You may also wish to explore the rest of this site regarding MBE (Mainstream Bilingual Education) including a strategy guide for the MBE classroom.
The Spanish case studies focus on three schools in Navarre, Northern Spain where the extremely low birth-rate and consequent falling pupil intake has led schools to use their bilingual programmes as a means of making their curriculum more attractive to parents, pupils and local government alike.
The three schools chosen have been selected for the following reasons:
The increasing importance of teaching in the Basque language
The importance of French due to geographical location and cultural tradition
The huge demand for English courses due to the prestige value attached English a world language
The studies examine different models of bilingual teaching in both private and state schools at primary and secondary level.