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Multilingualism and English in Twenty-First-Century Europe

Recent Developments and Challenges

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Edited By Clive W. Earls

This book aims to tackle one of the most controversial and important linguistic, educational and societal debates in contemporary Europe. English is growing rapidly within, and spreading across, an increasing number of areas of society. This development is influenced by actions taken by national and supranational decision-makers, as well as global forces outside the control of any one state or political union. Europe’s founding principle of respecting and fostering diversity and equality of cultures and languages is being affected by the growing role of English across European countries, creating a de facto linguistic hierarchy and consequently a potential cultural hierarchy.

The essays collected here aim to examine existing debates and stimulate further discourse on the nurturing of multilingualism in Europe and the concomitant acquisition of English. By bringing together contributions focusing on multiple European countries and regions by researchers from a variety of linguistic and cultural backgrounds, this volume presents a snapshot of the current relationship between multilingualism and English and explores the challenges generated by this situation.

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JENNIFER BRUEN is Associate Dean for Teaching and Learning in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences at Dublin City University, and a Senior Lecturer in German in the School of Applied Linguistics and Intercultural Studies. Her primary research areas include language policy, language teaching and learning, and political and citizenship education.

JEAN E. CONACHER is Senior Lecturer in German at the School of Modern Languages and Applied Linguistics, University of Limerick. Her primary research areas include GDR and post-Wende literature, applied linguistics, particularly language policy and planning, and foreign language teaching and learning. A volume entitled Intercultural Contact, Language Learning and Migration (co-edited with Barbara Geraghty) was published in 2014.

CLIVE W. EARLS is currently Lecturer in German and Applied Linguistics at the School of Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures, Maynooth University. He teaches and publishes primarily on applied linguistics, intercultural communication, language policy and planning and higher education policy, particularly regarding the teaching of foreign languages. He is the author of Evolving Agendas in European English-Medium Higher Education: Interculturality, Multilingualism and Language Policy (2016).

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