Discourses on language and integration: critical perspectives on language testing regimes in Europe


Hogan-Brun, Gabrielle, Mar-Molinero, Clare and Stevenson, Patrick (eds.) (2009) Discourses on language and integration: critical perspectives on language testing regimes in Europe, Amsterdam, USA, John Benjamins, 170pp. (Discourse Approaches to Politics, Society and Culture 33).

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One of the most pressing issues in contemporary European societies is the need to promote integration and social inclusion in the context of rapidly increasing migration. A particular challenge confronting national governments is how to accommodate speakers of an ever-increasing number of languages within what in most cases are still perceived as monolingual indigenous populations. This has given rise to public debates in many countries on controversial policies imposing a requirement of competence in a ‘national’ language and culture as a condition for acquiring citizenship. However, these debates are frequently conducted almost entirely at a national level within each state, with little if any attention paid to the broader European context. At the same time, further EU enlargement and the ongoing rise in the rate of migration into and across Europe suggest that the salience of these issues is likely to continue to grow. This volume offers a critical analysis of these debates and emerging discourses on integration and challenges the assumptions underlying the new ‘language testing regimes’.

Item Type: Book
ISBNs: 9789027206237 (hardback)
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Keywords: language and integration, language testing regimes, language and citizenship, language and migration
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PB Modern European Languages
P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics
Divisions: University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Humanities > Modern Languages
ePrint ID: 68765
Date Deposited: 29 Sep 2009
Last Modified: 27 Mar 2014 18:48
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/68765

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