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.


Music as an underutilised and underappreciated tool for language learning

Centre for Educational Research and Innovation

In our globalising era, it is crucially important for the economic success of nations and the personal success of individuals to be able to communicate with our fellow human beings (see Rodriguez.Chamussy, Lopez.Calva and Miyamoto, this volume). Effective non.native language instruction is an increasingly high priority. This chapter examines the possibility that exposure to and instruction in music could aid in this endeavour. We will first investigate the relationship between music and language from a neuroscientific perspective. We will then discuss the possible applications of this relationship in non.native language acquisition. We will also explore the potential for music to increase �gcultural competence,�h i.e. an awareness of and appreciation for other cultures. Finally, we consider the implications these conclusions have for education policy, and the future of music in schools.


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