An Understanding of the Concept and Conditions of Bilingualism: A Study in an EFL Setting

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Sandra Patricia Lastra R.


This paper presents a study carried out at a private school that implemented a bilingual program more than a decade ago. The main aim of the project was to find out how the school community understands the concept of bilingualism and the conditions required to fulfill the goals of a bilingual curriculum at the school. Data were collected through surveys and focus groups made up of different members of the school community. The results showed that bilingualism is associated with a high intensification of English classes and the necessity of having English-speaking employees. Results also depict some theoretical issues about bilingualism and important conditions for implementing a bilingual program.

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Lastra R., S. P. (2009). An Understanding of the Concept and Conditions of Bilingualism: A Study in an EFL Setting. HOW Journal, 16(1), 167-187. Retrieved from
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Sandra Patricia Lastra R., Universidad del Tolima and Colegio San Bonifacio de las Lanzas, Ibagué

Sandra Patricia Lastra holds a bachelor’s degree in Spanish and English teaching and a master’s degree in Applied Linguistics. She is currently a full time teacher at Universidad del Tolima and an academic advisor for the English area at Colegio San Bonifacio de las Lanzas in Ibagué, an intermediate size Colombian city.


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