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Adult Language Education and Migration: Challenging agendas by James Simpson, Anne Whiteside

By James Simpson, Anne Whiteside

Adult Language schooling and Migration: tough Agendas in coverage and Practice offers a full of life and significant exam of coverage and perform in language schooling for grownup migrants all over the world, exhibiting how possibilities for studying the language of a brand new nation either form and are formed by way of coverage strikes. Language rules for migrants are usually debatable and hotly contested, yet while cutting edge educating practices are rising in line with the language studying wishes of today’s cellular populations.

This ebook:

  • analyses and demanding situations language schooling regulations in terms of grownup migrants in 9 nations;
  • provides a comparative learn with separate chapters on coverage and perform in each one kingdom;
  • focuses on Australia, Canada, Spain (Catalonia), Finland, France, eire, the Netherlands, the united kingdom and the U.S..

Adult Language schooling and Migration is crucial interpreting for practitioners, scholars and researchers operating within the sector of language schooling in migration contexts.

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Minna Intke-Hernandez describes a Finnish language education program, the Capable Parent program, for a sector often invisible to the workforce education agenda: stay-at-home mothers. Adopting an ethnographic approach to her study of the teaching and learning at a family centre near Helsinki, she came to understand that ‘the learning was in the hands of the mothers themselves’. As she notes, being a mother in a new country creates a certain imperative to gain access to the language of public life in that country.

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They identify both the benefits and the shortcomings of these, illustrated with case study data. The original research was sponsored by the European Commission, and they note at the outset that both language education and digital inclusion are prominent in EU policy. While the applications described would seem to support such inclusion, the authors note that their successful use depends on a measure of knowledge of the new language and of computer literacy, rendering them inaccessible to those with no previous experience of ICT or indeed literacy.

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