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The linguistic integration of adult migrants: from one country to another, from one language to another

The linguistic integration of adult migrants: from one country to another, from one language to another (2014)

ISBN 978-92-871-7871-8
Type of document : Book
Format : Paper
Size : A4
Language : English
Number of pages : 56

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The linguistic integration of adult migrants: from one country to another, from one language to another

The linguistic integration of adult migrants: from one country to another, from one language to another

The linguistic integration of migrants affects every aspect of settling in a new country (employment, health, etc.). The aim of this collection of texts is to propose a number of specific measures member states can take to help adult migrants become acquainted with the language of the host country. The main focus is on organising language courses that meet migrants’ real communication needs. It is not enough for authorities simply to consider the technical aspects of such courses, they should also design and conduct them in accordance with the fundamental values of the Council of Europe.

A number of issues concerning the linguistic integration of adult migrants are presented here, beginning with the notion of linguistic integration itself. Family reunion, the nature of citizenship and the function of language tests, among others, are dealt with from the point of view of language and language use. Readers are invited to reflect on the type of language competences that need to be acquired as well as an appropriate use of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. The collection also sets out approaches and instruments designed to assist in implementing effective policies.

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The linguistic integration of migrants affects every aspect of settling in a new country (employment, health, etc.). The aim of this collection of texts is to propose a number of specific measures member states can take to help adult migrants become acquainted with the language of the host country. The main focus is on organising language courses that meet migrants’ real communication needs. It is not enough for authorities simply to consider the technical aspects of such courses, they should also design and conduct them in accordance with the fundamental values of the Council of Europe.

A number of issues concerning the linguistic integration of adult migrants are presented here, beginning with the notion of linguistic integration itself. Family reunion, the nature of citizenship and the function of language tests, among others, are dealt with from the point of view of language and language use. Readers are invited to reflect on the type of language competences that need to be acquired as well as an appropriate use of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. The collection also sets out approaches and instruments designed to assist in implementing effective policies.

Contents
ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
FOREWORD
PREFACE
INTRODUCTION
CHAPTER 1 ‒ HUMAN RIGHTS, EQUITY AND QUALITY
          Guiding principles
          Linguistic integration
          Family reunification
          Language tests
CHAPTER 2  ‒ DESIGNING LANGUAGE PROGRAMMES
          Language policies for adult migrants: from values to education
          Taking account of the diversity of migrants' contexts
          The Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) and levels of language proficiency
          The CEFR and the development of training schemes for adult migrants
          Descriptions of CEFR reference levels for individual languages (RLD)
          Language repertoire
          Language needs
          Linguistic profiles and profiling
          Tailor-made courses
CHAPTER 3 ‒ DELIVERING LANGUAGE PROGRAMMES
          Developing curricula and course programmes for adult migrants
          Motivation in language training for adult migrants
          Teaching methodology
          Literacy
          Languages for work
          Teacher training for language teachers working with adult migrants
CHAPTER 4 ‒ ASSESSING LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY AND LANGUAGE COURSES
          Assessment of language learning
          European Language Portfolio
          Quality in education and training for migrants
          Language courses, assessment and quality assurance
CHAPTER 5 ‒ TAKING ACCOUNT OF THE INTERCULTURAL PERSPECTIVE
          Linguistic goodwill
          Language of origin
          Educational culture
          Knowledge of society
          Citizenship

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