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, language and education

An international perspective

Centre for Educational Research and Innovation

Migrant children across countries and contexts may have very different experiences in terms of the education and economic outcomes. This author takes a closer look at two neighbouring countries and how they deal with migrant students and immigration: The United States and Canada. Immigration policies as well as language and educational policies and interventions are described for each of the countries. The author finds that these school systems must employ highly trained teachers who are prepared to work with a population of students who may not speak the national language. She also confirms the benefit of positive representations of migrant children’s languages and cultures in the academic environment.


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