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      Bilingual Education in Colombia: Towards a Recognition of Languages, Cultures and Identities

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          In Colombia, there is a tendency to focus on English-Spanish bilingualism at the expense of bilingualism in other foreign languages, or in indigenous languages. This article will argue that there is a need for an equitable language policy which includes all the languages and cultures represented in the country. In addition, we will consider how far bilingual education programmes for majority language speakers in Colombia today actively help towards the creation of a more tolerant society. We will end by indicating implications for future developments.

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          En Colombia, existe una tendencia de privilegiar el bilingüismo inglés-español a expensas del bilingüismo en otras lenguas extranjeras o en lenguas indígenas. En este artículo argumentaré que hay necesidad de desarrollar una política lingüística equitativa, la cual incluye todas las lenguas y culturas representadas en el país. Además, consideraré hasta qué punto los programas de educación bilingüe para hablantes de lenguas mayoritarias en Colombia hoy en día ayuda activamente hacía la creación de una sociedad más tolerante. Terminaré indicando implicaciones para desarrollos futuros.

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                Contributors
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                Journal
                calj
                Colombian Applied Linguistics Journal
                Colomb. Appl. Linguist. J.
                Facultad de Ciencias y Educación de la Universidad Distrital, Bogotá Colombia (Bogotá )
                0123-4641
                January 2006
                : 0
                : 8
                : 152-168
                Affiliations
                [1 ] Universidad de Los Andes Venezuela
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                S0123-46412006000100008
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                LINGUISTICS

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