London Metropolitan University Research Institutes

Language as a social barrier: integration of language, communicative competence and identity development

Author(s) Lobanova, T. & Shunin, Y.  
Publisher London: CiCe  
Year 2009  
Editor P. Cunningham, Human Rights and Citizenship Education  
Age group -  
The tendency to support diversity and, at the same time, to promote integration in Europe has become evident in the educational programmes of nation states and in the emergence of a new international educational space in Europe. Language education is discussed today within the context of European citizenship, multiculturalism, mobility, intercultural adjustment and adaptability, as well as an efficient outcome of education. It is strongly suggested that university graduates, regardless of their specialization, should have a mastery of two foreign languages when they graduate. In practice, this means a relatively high level of communicative competence in English, and at least a workable minimum in a second foreign language. The role of the English language (as a language for communicative integration in Europe) is that of putting a bridge between language, intercultural communicative competence and European identity.

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