It is estimated that more than half of the human population on earth is bilingual. It is a natural ability of people to speak more than one language, and they do in many officially bilingual countries as well as other linguistic contact zones. Bilingualism can be observed in the linguistic landscape of an environment, as the visible presence of more than one written language. Cognitive, professional, academic, social, and personal benefits have been associated with knowing multiple languages. Interestingly, some scholars are trying to find connections between delayed onset of dementia or faster stroke recovery and the ability to speak more than one language.
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March 6, 2017
January 9, 2017
Research findings This article looks at how female migrants to Australia invest heavily in learning English to achieve integration but can feel marginalized, both socially and economically. This study involved nine female migrants; the Asian participants experienced racial abuse and felt excluded from Australian society, some even felt ‘invisible’. The Europeans, on the other hand, […]
January 2, 2017
Li, L. & Simpson, R. (2013). Telling tales: Discursive narratives of ESOL migrant identities. Novitas-ROYAL, 7(1), 1-16. Research findings This study involved five adult European ESOL learners in Belfast. Although this is not an Australasian context, the issues are similar. As Li & Simpson point out “a language learner’s identity is multiple (rather than unitary), […]