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"El moviment Emmaús": Nota al web de la Càtedra UNESCO de Diversitat Lingüística i Cultural
Maria Rosa Garrido Sardà

The Emmaus movement: A common mission in different languages

This is a dissemination text based on the PhD thesis entitled Emmaus as a transnational imagined community, defended in December 2014.

English version: http://catedra-unesco.espais.iec.cat/en/2015/03/13/4-the-emmaus-movement-a-common-mission-in-different-languages/


Adult Language Education and Migration: Challenging agendas in policy and practice
James Simpson and Anne Whiteside (Eds.)

Adult language education and migration: Challenging agendas in  policy and practice provides a lively and critical examination of policy and practice in language education for adult migrants around the world. 

The language needs of new migrants often outpace the development of infrastructure that addresses them, and language policies for migrants are often controversial and hotly contested. At the same time, innovative teaching practices are emerging in response to the language learning needs of today’s migrants. 

Painting a complex portrait of language learning for mobile populations in a diverse world, this book shows how opportunities for learning the powerful languages of a new country both shape and are shaped by policy moves. 

The book: 

 analyses and challenges language education policies relating to adult migrants in nine countries; 

 provides a comparative study with separate chapters on policy and practice in each country; 

 focuses on Australia, Canada, Spain (Catalonia), Finland, France, Ireland, the Netherlands, the UK and the US. 

The book is essential reading for practitioners, advanced students and researchers working in the area of language education in migration contexts 

Maria Rosa Garrido and Xavier Oliva have co-authored a practice chapter  about a collaborative project to teach basic Catalan in Catalonia.  More info: http://www.routledge.com/books/details/9780415733601/


Migrant Communication Enterprises
Maria Sabate Dalmau

Migrant Communication Enterprises: Regimentation and Resistance Maria Sabaté i Dalmau Summary

This unique critical sociolinguistic ethnography explores alternative migrant-regulated institutions of resistance and subversive communication technology: the locutorios or ethnic call shops. These migrant-owned businesses act as a window into their multimodal and hybrid linguistic and communicative practices, and into their own linguistic hierarchies and non-mainstream sociolinguistic orders. Here, socially displaced but technologically empowered transnational migrant populations actively find subversive ways to access information and communication technologies. As such they mobilise their own resources to successfully inhabit Catalonia, at the margins of powerful institutions. The book also focuses on the (internal) social organisation dynamics, as well as on the simultaneous fight against, and re-production of, practices and processes of social difference and social inequality among migrants themselves.

Review:

In her in-depth and, at times, moving ethnography of a Barcelona locutorio, Maria Sabaté i Dalmau affords us a unique and fascinating glimpse of migrants’ multilingual practices, connections and mediations normally hidden from view. This book is an important contribution to the growing literature on languages, mobilities and globalization.
Adam Jaworski, University of Hong Kong

Maria Sabaté i Dalmau’s work is a most welcome contribution to the sociolinguistics of globalization, particularly at the intersection of migration, multilingualism and communication technologies. This book makes a compelling account of how states and the telecommunication industries attempt to control and contain migrants in how they use languages or how they access mobile communications, even as migrants develop their own forms of sociability to cope with these restrictions or circumvent them.
Joan Pujolar Cos, Universitat Oberta de Catalunya, Spain


Language, Migration and Social Inequality: A Critical Sociolinguistic Perspective on Institutions and Work
Alexandre Duchêne, Melissa G. Moyer and Celia Roberts

Coming soon!

http://www.multilingual-matters.com/display.asp?isb=9781783090990


The Radein Initiative: Some Directions in Research on Multilingualism
S. Aalberse, J. Cenoz, V. Cook, K. De Bot, R. Franceschini, D. Gorter, M. Martin Jones, M. Moyer, P. Muysken, C. Williams

Motivated by their concern for the future of multilingual research, nine European scholars met in the village of Radein, a historic retreat for small groups in the Dolomites, in September 2010 in order to identify challenging issues and to propose active steps by which sustained and advanced research in the field might be progressed. The Initiative stems from a keen awareness of the significance of multilingualism in contemporary society and of the need to respond to the social, cultural and linguistic realities called forth by global market forces and subsequent mobility of people.

Their discussions have led to this draft document on new directions in multilingualism research, with the aim of initiating a wider debate about future directions.  The purpose is to engage the participation of colleagues who carry out research on multilingualism from different disciplinary perspectives.

To access the document, go to Resources, WORKING PAPERS


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