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.


Ideologies and alphabet reforms in Central Asia

Centre for Educational Research and Innovation

Despite its long history, alphabet reform is a largely untouched area of linguistics. The implications of changing scripts extend far beyond linguistics into the realm of economics, science, education, religion, technology, politics, and ideology. Which of these factors is the most central in determining whether or not a society changes its alphabet, even when there is a risk of illiteracy? Why are alphabet reform processes successful in some nations and not in others?


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