Journal article

Better in both? Bilingual intervention in an Australian school context

Gayle Hemsley, Alison Holm, Barbara Dodd

Australian Journal of Education | SAGE PUBLICATIONS LTD | Published : 2014


This study evaluated a bilingual intervention in the key learning area of mathematics. Nine typically developing Samoan-English students received math lessons in both Samoan and English. A control group of Samoan-English students received all lessons in English. The material covered and the amount of instruction was the same for each group. The only difference was in the language of instruction. Two assessments measured progress in early mathematical skills and concept development. Initial data from each test in isolation indicated no additional benefit for students who received bilingual intervention. Further analysis revealed two interesting patterns of learning between tests. First, all s..

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