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Author and contact
Krumm, H.J   & Plutzar, V. - hans-juergen.krumm@univie.ac.at,   
Tailoring   language provision and requirements to the needs and capacities of adult   migrants.
Language   programmes for migrants can be very helpful if the complexities of their   linguistic identities and different life situations are taken into account   and therefore the programmes offer a wide range of learning opportunities and   give enough time. Learning a second language is most effective if it builds   upon the existing (linguistic) identity of migrants – that is, to treat them   as bi- or plurilingual people for which learning a new language does not   threaten the status and usage of their first language(s). Integration   programmes focusing only on the language of the receiving country and   furthermore aiming at one specific level in that language for all will miss   their goal because they do not take into account the specifics of language   acquisition in the course of migration, which are defined by many social and   cultural factors, and individual plurilingualism. To promote the learning of   the language of the receiving country by migrants it is necessary to build on   their linguistic background especially in the time of and after their   arrival, when social orientation takes place. It is important to include the   situation of the family, the local and professional contexts.
Key words
Language   education, plurilingualism, social integration
Full reference (publication/web link)
Krumm,   H.J & Plutzar, V. (2008). Tailoring language provision and requirements   to the needs and capacities of adult migrants in The   linguistic integration of adult migrants,   Council of Europe.
Other interesting information
Teachers   and educators need to take into consideration the diversity of backgrounds of   their adult students.
Interest for the project
Contributor´s name + email
Stéphanie Barillé - stephanie@unak.is
Co-funded by The Erasmus+ programme of the European Union.
This project has been funded with support from the European Commission.
This publication reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.
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