in a Global World, Learning for Better Cultural Understanding
Edited by Bruno Della Chiesa, Jessica Scott, Christina Hinton. Published by : OECD Publishing, Publication date: 02 May 2012, Pages: 470, Language: English.
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.
Table of contents:
    Part I. Globalisation, languages and motivations

    Chapter 1. Learning languages in a globalising world
    Chapter 2. Motivation and second language acquisition
    Chapter 3. Motivational theories on language learning
    Chapter 4. Economic incentives for language acquisition
    Chapter 5. Bilingual education policy and language learning in Estonia and Singapore
    Part II. Cultures, languages and identities

    Chapter 6. Seeing the world through our hands: A cross-cultural gesture review
    Chapter 7. Ideologies and alphabet reforms in Central Asia
    Chapter 8. Verlan, l’envers: Reversing language and reflecting culture
    Chapter 9. Cochlear implants, deaf culture and narrowly defined cultural characteristics
    Chapter 10. Neuroscientific research and the study of sign language
    Part III. Landscapes, languages and policies

    Chapter 11. Competencies in Canada in a globalisation context
    Chapter 12. Catalan language policy and the challenge of new immigration: Nosaltres parlem Catalá
    Chapter 13. Education and creativity in Tanzania
    Chapter 14. English as a multicultural language for international communication in Asia
    Chapter 15. Language education in Japan and Korea: Policies, practices and challenges
    Chapter 16. Language learning and Chamorro culture in Guam
    Chapter 17. Language learning in Peru: “De mi cerebro, su neurona”
    Part IV. Movements, languages and migrations

    Chapter 18. Why study abroad? Why not!
    Chapter 19. Migrants, language and education: An international perspective
    Chapter 20. Migrants, early tracking and social mobility
    Chapter 21. How the Mexican education system contributes to emigration
    Chapter 22. Intercultural or multicultural education in Europe and the United States
    Part V. Learning languages, means and ends

    Chapter 23. Cosmopolitan education: Building on a biological inclination for care in a globalised world
    Chapter 24. Music as an underutilised and underappreciated tool for language learning
    Chapter 25. “Expansion of our own being”: Language learning, cultural belonging and global awareness
    Epilogue. Prospects for language policies in an age of globalisation
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