Languages in a Global World

Learning for Better Cultural Understanding

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The rise of globalisation makes language competencies more valuable, both at individual and societal levels. This book examines the links between globalisation and the way we teach and learn languages. It begins by asking why some individuals are more successful than others at learning non-native languages, and why some education systems, or countries, are more successful than others at teaching languages.

The book comprises chapters by different authors on the subject of language learning. There are chapters on the role of motivation; the way that languages, cultures and identities are interconnected; the insights that neuroscience provides; migrants, their education and opportunities to learn languages; language learning and teaching in North America; and new approaches to language learning.


Cochlear implants, deaf culture and narrowly defined cultural characteristics

Centre for Educational Research and Innovation

Cochlear implants are medical devices that help previously deaf individuals gain or regain partial hearing. Many medical professionals consider them an essential component of treating deafness. Members of the Deaf community, however, consider the implants to be a direct assault on their carefully nurtured way of life, which embraces deafness and cultivates cultural markers based on the absence of the hearing sense. This chapter examines the medical and ethical arguments in favour of Cochlear implants, as well as the arguments of the Deaf community in opposition. Without taking sides, it further attempts to tease out some of the ethical, moral, and cultural issues revealed by this particular incidence of conflict. Its brief examination of the issue reveals that the increasing capabilities of technology are already beginning to call into question the survivability of many cultures, and perhaps fundamentally altering how we define culture itself.


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