Swimming against the tide

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In implementing its Bilingual Education Project (BEP), involving the use of Jamaican Creole and English, the Jamaican Language Unit (JLU) has sought to meet the criteria set out by the Ministry of Education, Youth and Culture in Jamaica for teaching in the home language (MOEYC 2001). The Ministry and the general public needed to be convinced that the pilot BEP did not (i) do academic harm to the children involved, (ii) has produced an improvement in the children&#8217;s competence in English, and (iii) has produced improved results in the bilingually taught content subjects. This paper is a midstream evaluation of the success indicators, focusing on the children&#8217;s performance in standardised tests in both Jamaican and English, and other content subjects. <b>Keywords:</b> bilingual education; creole; English; models; language research; research in education


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