Languages in a global world. Learning for better cultural understanding
May 02, 2012
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 book questions 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. Language learning is not only a means of improved communication, but more importantly it plays a key role in promoting global understanding and respecting cultural differences. This publication explores language learning all across the globe, in countries ranging from France to Kazakhstan to Taiwan. It provides a fundamental sense of the centrality of language and culture to humanity both at present and into the future. It invites a humanitarian dialogue about language and culture around the world.
The book’s structure is designed with chapters written by different authors on the subject of language learning. These individual authors bring a wide range of perspectives and research experience to this subject. For example, there are chapters on the role of motivation in non-native language learning; the way that languages, cultures and identities are connected; and the insights that neuroscience provides into how the brain understands and produces language. http://www.oecd.org/document/48/0,3746,en_21571361_49995565_49697008_1_1...