ERIC Number: EJ1088574
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
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Reference Count: 46
Language Awareness Research: Where We Are Now
Svalberg, Agneta M-L.
Language Awareness, v25 n1-2 p4-16 2016
This paper outlines the context in which Language Awareness (LA) research is currently situated and where it might be going. The starting point is Eric Hawkins's vision (40 years ago) of LA as a bridge between school subjects and, in wider society, between people of different backgrounds and languages. Although considerable progress has been made in language education, this vision remains very relevant in today's society, characterised by large population movements and economic instability. In the UK, there is a mismatch between the multilingualism of communities with roots outside the UK and the shortage of foreign language skills sought by employers. Globally, English as a foreign language dominates, especially in higher education. Against this background, the paper reflects on LA research in the last four years; the topic areas which are most commonly addressed, the languages targeted, and the context in which research is taking place. It is noted that a complex dynamic systems world view is evident in much of current LA research, and discusses some of the implications.
Descriptors: Metalinguistics, Language Research, Multilingualism, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Economic Factors, Language Skills, Employment Potential, Foreign Countries, English (Second Language), Language Role, Teaching Methods, Grammar, Professional Associations, Global Education
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom