Discourses on Language and Integration
Critical perspectives on language testing regimes in Europe
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’.
[Discourse Approaches to Politics, Society and Culture, 33] 2009. xiii, 170 pp.
Publishing status: Available
© John Benjamins Publishing Company
Table of Contents
List of appendices, tables and figures | pp. vii–viii
Notes on contributors | pp. ix–x
Acknowledgements | pp. xiii–xiv
Testing regimes: Introducing cross-national perspectives on language, migration and citizenshipGabrielle Hogan-Brun, Clare Mar-Molinero and Patrick Stevenson | pp. 1–14
Fortress Europe? Language policy regimes for immigration and citizenshipPiet Van Avermaet | pp. 15–44
Language tests for immigrants: Why language? Why tests? Why citizenship?Elana Shohamy | pp. 45–60
Language, migration and citizenship: A case study on testing regimes in the NetherlandsGuus Extra and Massimiliano Spotti | pp. 61–82
Being English, speaking English: Extension to English language testing legislation and the future of multicultural BritainAdrian Blackledge | pp. 83–108
Language, citizenship and Europeanization: Unpacking the discourse of integrationKristine Horner | pp. 109–128
Local actors in promoting multilingualismBrigitta Busch | pp. 129–152
Language tests and social policy: A commentaryTim F. McNamara | pp. 153–164
Index | pp. 165–170
“Each of the contributions in this volume is valuable and insightful in its own right. The authors provide evidence from a range of contexts and with a range of approaches that citizenship testing is not about what it claims to be about (i.e. integration and inclusion), but the discursive construction of hegemonic national identities and the exclusion of migrants from the national body.”
Ingrid Piller, Macquarie University, Multilingua (2011)
“[...] the authors provide important tools for critical analysis and make a significant contribution to our thinking about complex issues of citizenship, membership, integration, and the role that language plays in diverse societies.”
Ester J. de Jong, University of Florida, in Language Policy 9 (2010)
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Subjects & Metadata
BIC Subject: CFG – Semantics, Pragmatics, Discourse Analysis
BISAC Subject: LAN009000 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General