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.


Migrants, early tracking and social mobility

Centre for Educational Research and Innovation

Migrant children suffer from lowered expectations and poor educational standards in many countries around the world due to a number of factors. In this chapter, we explore the case of Germany, a country with a very rigid tracking system. The author finds that children who are migrants and from lower SES families are more likely to be tracked into the lower tiers in the German educational system, even when they score at similar levels with higher socio.economic status children. The economic, social and cultural capitals of migrant students are explored, as is language competency and its effect on school placement as well as future employment outcomes.


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