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.


Neuroscientific research and the study of sign language

Centre for Educational Research and Innovation

The field of neuroscience has contributed a great deal to our understanding of how the brain understands signed languages, and conversely, the investigation of signed languages has helped neuroscientists to better understand how the brain understands language. This chapter provides a summary and exploration of the research in neuroscience that is related to signed languages, including research on deaf participants, hearing participants, and aphasic signers. Also included here is a discussion on how signed vocabulary is understood, as well as the comprehension of both grammatical and affective facial expressions among the deaf. Implications for scientists conducting neuroscientific research are discussed.


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