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Content-Based Instruction and Curricular Reforms: Issues and Goals

ByLaurent Cammarata, Diane J. Tedick, Terry A. Osborn

For millennia human beings have been compelled to learn languages for political, economic, social, and personal reasons (Genesee, 2008; Jackson & Malone, 2009). In the twenty-first century, however, the need has become critical. A few reasons for the increase in demand for bi-and multilingualism include the rise in globalization of business and commerce, health and security matters that require international cooperation, the proliferation of international migration, and the huge impact that scientific advances and telecommunications have had on modern societies (Genesee, 2008; Stewart, 2007; Tucker, 1998).