Multilingual Trends in a Globalized World: Prospects and Challenges
Author: Navin Kumar Singh
Date Of Publication: Jun 2013
This book presents evolving language education trends by drawing examples and case studies from around the world. Over the past few decades, significant economic and political changes have taken place around the world which have had a significant impact on language teaching and learning practices across the globe. With globalization, the focus of language education has shifted from monolingualism towards bilingualism and multilingualism, in that multilingual practices have become the norm rather than the exception in most parts of the world. This book brings together some of latest controversies and case studies from South East Asia, the most diverse and multilingual context in the world, along with various other diverse contexts of importance. This book will be of interest to graduate students and advanced undergraduates in sociolinguistics, applied linguistics, and bilingual and multicultural education, second and foreign language educators, and other specialists in these fields.
Navin Kumar Singh received his doctorate and MA/TESL from Northern Arizona University and his Master’s in Education from Tribhuvan University, Nepal. Dr Singh has over a decade of teaching experience, working in such varied roles as a home tutor in Nepal and as a university instructor in the US. He has published a number of works on various themes and issues.
“The nine compact chapters of this interesting book cover what by all measure is a complete survey course on bilingualism. The author takes up both sociolinguistic and psycholinguistic perspectives, both separately and in how these lenses need to be focused together on real world problems in language policy and language learning. Multilingual trends in a globalized world will be a useful handbook for both educators and policy makers. The key concept is the internationalization of language learning. Far from a narrow technical manual for learning an international language for instrumental purposes, the discussion problematizes the growing convergence on fewer and fewer global languages, offering a critical viewpoint. What will be the future of minority and indigenous languages in the globalized world? Central topics that receive serious attention include: diglossia, cross-language interaction, as in codeswitching and first language transfer, form and function in language teaching, and bilingualism in the family. Accessible to both final year undergraduate and graduate students, specialists in related fields will find it to be a handy reference volume.”
– Norbert Francis, Professor of Bilingual/Multicultural Education, Northern Arizona University
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