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Discourses on Language and Integration: Critical Perspectives on Language Testing Regimes in Europe

 
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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’.

Table of contents

List of appendices, tables and figures
vii–viii
Notes on contributors
ix–x
Acknowledgements
xiii–xiv
Testing regimes: Introducing cross-national perspectives on language, migration and citizenship
GabrielleHogan-Brun, ClareMar-MolineroandPatrickStevenson
1–14
Fortress Europe? Language policy regimes for immigration and citizenship
PietVanAvermaet
15–44
Language tests for immigrants: Why language? Why tests? Why citizenship?
ElanaShohamy
45–60
Language, migration and citizenship: A case study on testing regimes in the Netherlands
GuusExtraandMassimilianoSpotti
61–82
Being English, speaking English: Extension to English language testing legislation and the future of multicultural Britain
AdrianBlackledge
83–108
Language, citizenship and Europeanization: Unpacking the discourse of integration
KristineHorner
109–128
Local actors in promoting multilingualism
BrigittaBusch
129–152
Language tests and social policy: A commentary
TimMcNamara
153–164
Index
165–170





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