October 23, 2012
From Bilingual to Plurilingual Education in France: A Critical
Analysis of Language in Education Policy
Dr. Christine Hélot
In this presentation, Dr. Hélot will explain the policies and
models of bilingual education in France, analyzing the role of
ideologies on language denominations and on the different models
available in primary and secondary schools. European policies
for plurilingual education will also be briefly presented in order
to assess their influence in the French educational context.
Finally , Dr. Hélot will address the issue of language and
migration in contemporary France and the lack of recognition of
bilingualism developed in the home context.
It is hoped the presentation will give rise to a debate on the
similarities and differences between ideologies at work in
bilingual education in France and in the United States.
The School of Education would like to thank the Gavin Memorial Fund
for its generous support for this talk.