Integrating local languages and cultures into the education system of French Guiana: A discussion of current programs and initiatives

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Title: Integrating local languages and cultures into the education system of French Guiana: A discussion of current programs and initiatives
Authors: Migge, Bettina
Léglise, Isabelle
Permanent link: http://hdl.handle.net/10197/5874
Date: 17-May-2010
Abstract: In this paper we present and critically assess three programs that are currently running in French Guiana. They aim to integrate local languages and cultures into the local education system that is otherwise identical to that of Metropolitan France. We discuss and compare their emergence, development and the premises, assumptions and approaches on which they are based. The paper argues that while all three initiatives make an important contribution towards questioning the educational monopoly of French and towards adapting the education system to the local context, their impact current ly remains limited. This is in large part due to a lack of a concerted will on the part of the education system to undertake far-reaching change and program-inherent problems.
Type of material: Book Chapter
Publisher: John Benjamins
Keywords: Creoles;French Guiana;Educational trends;Local languages;Blingual education;Language awareness;Educational programs;Evaluation
Language: en
Status of Item: Not peer reviewed
Is part of: Migge, B., Leglise, I. and Bartens, A. (eds.). Creoles in education: An appraisal of current programs and projects
Appears in Collections:Languages, Cultures and Linguistics Research Collection

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