Encyclopedia of Language and Education

2008 Edition
| Editors: Nancy H. Hornberger

Researching Developing Discourses and Competences in Immersion Classrooms

  • Anne‐Marie de Mejía
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-0-387-30424-3_256

Introduction

It has been more than 40 years since the beginning of the first experimental Canadian French Immersion programme in St Lambert, Montreal in 1965 and the initiation of research into this educational phenomenon. Today, there is a well established and well regarded research literature on immersion programmes, both in Canada and in other parts of the world. Indeed, as Stern acknowledged as long ago as 1984, immersion is probably one of the most thoroughly investigated educational innovations of all times. According to Baker ( 2001), there are now over 1,000 research studies on this type of educational provision. Although the term ‘immersion’ is frequently used in relation to the ‘dual’ or ‘two‐way immersion’ modality which has become popular recently in the United States, in the context of this article, the term will be used to refer only to the type of (one‐way) bilingual programmes which originated in Canada in the 1960s.

Over the past four decades, the type of research...

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Language Learning Target Language Minority Language Classroom Interaction Bilingual Education 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Anne‐Marie de Mejía
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  1. 1.Centro de Investigación y Formación en EducaciónUniversidad de los AndesBogotáColombia