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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.

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Foreword

Centre for Educational Research and Innovation

The “Globalisation and Linguistic Competencies” project was launched by the OECD’s Centre for Educational Research and Innovation (CERI) in 2007 and, after a planning phase, actually started in 2008. The purpose of this venture was to shed new light on questions which, in spite of their growing importance in this era of globalisation, are only marginally tackled in the education research literature: Why are some individuals more successful than others at non-native language (NNL) learning? And: why are some education systems or countries more successful than others at non-native language (NNL) teaching?

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