Languages in a Global World: Learning for Better Cultural Understanding
Published by the Centre for Educational Research and Innovation
The rise of globalization makes language competencies more valuable, both at individual and societal levels. This book examines the links between globalization 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.
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Read a blog post about this book at http://oecdinsights.org/2012/04/24/learn-languages-and-expand-your-own-being-among-a-few-other-things