Languages in a Global World: Learning for Better Cultural Understanding
This book addresses language diversity around the world and its relation to education and culture. In this time of globalisation, language learning is central to politics, economics, history, and most obviously education.
This enlightening book clearly recognises that language learning intertwines with future concerns that society will need to address.
In our globalised world, language competencies are increasingly important. It is no longer an advantage for a job seeker to speak just one non-native language (NNL). Rather, it now could be a drawback for a job seeker to only speak one language.
NNL learning is a challenge for many individuals and countries. These challenges have to do with many factors other than just education. In this book, we explore factors that play a role in successful and unsuccessful NNL learning, including motivation culture, identity (immigration, etc.) and neuroscience.
First we have asked two questions based on observation:
- Why are some individuals more successful at non-native language learning (NNLL)?
- Why are some education systems or countries more successful than others at NNL teaching?
As expected, the main answers have had much more to do with what happens outside of the formal learning context, and as far as children are concerned, even before they enter their first language class.
Complete Executive Summary
- Executive summary
- Part I. Globalisation, languages and motivationsChapter 2. The empirical framework.
- Part II. Cultures, Languages and Identities
- Part III. Landscapes, Languages and Policies
- Part IV. Movements, Languages and Migrations
- Part V. Learning Languages, Means and Ends
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