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  • June 17, 2013
  • 04:05 AM
  • 1,115 views

The diversity of the Other

by Ingrid Piller in Language on the Move

Diversity is today widely seen as a social good and is actively promoted in ‘diversity policies’ such as those of Australia, the EU or the UK. Additionally, many institutions have their own policies devoted to managing diversity. These usually extol … Continue reading →... Read more »

  • May 27, 2013
  • 11:04 AM
  • 1,270 views

Educational outcomes of migrant children

by Ingrid Piller in Language on the Move

A recent study of the educational pathways of the children of Brazilian migrants in Japan offers a most welcome addition to the literature on the educational outcomes of migrant children, which has to date focussed mostly on migrant children in … Continue reading →... Read more »

  • May 21, 2013
  • 05:24 PM
  • 1,372 views

Banal nationalism and the internationalization of higher education

by Ingrid Piller in Language on the Move

The other day I was stuck in traffic in Ajman, one of the smaller of the seven emirates that make up the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and one that has to do without Abu Dhabi’s and Dubai’s global glitz. Imagine … Continue reading →... Read more »

  • May 14, 2013
  • 05:32 AM
  • 985 views

Internationalization of Higher Education, 1933

by Ingrid Piller in Language on the Move

While the internationalization of higher education is a hot topic at the moment and is widely seen as unique to the present, internationalization of higher education is not new. The politics of internationalization at Istanbul University in the early years … Continue reading →... Read more »

  • May 8, 2013
  • 04:15 PM
  • 1,093 views

Internationalization and Englishization in Higher Education

by Ingrid Piller in Language on the Move

The Intercultural Communication Special Interest Group of the British Association of Applied Linguistics is hosting a seminar at Newcastle University next week devoted to “Intercultural Communication in Higher Education – principles and practices.” Given that internationalization of higher education is … Continue reading →... Read more »

Piller, I., & Cho, J. (2013) Neoliberalism as language policy. Language in Society, 42(01), 23-44. DOI: 10.1017/S0047404512000887  

  • April 4, 2013
  • 03:25 AM
  • 1,181 views

Multilingual provision is cheaper than English-Only

by Ingrid Piller in Language on the Move

The business and self-help section of my local Kinokuniya bookstore is currently featuring shelves and shelves of Marketplace 3.0: Rewriting the rules of borderless business by Hiroshi Mikitani, the founder and CEO of e-commerce giant Rakuten. I’m not a fan … Continue reading →... Read more »

  • March 26, 2013
  • 11:44 PM
  • 1,069 views

Language and the stratification of restaurant labour

by Calvin Ho in The Plaid Bag Connection

Originally posted at Language on the Move. Different languages for different jobs in this Los Angeles restaurant Are there language requirements for working in restaurants in Los Angeles? These two employment signs that I saw in the window of a sushi restaurant near UCLA suggests that you need English to wait tables and Spanish to [...]... Read more »

Waldinger, Roger. (1998) The Language of Work in an Immigrant Metropolis. Journal des anthropologues. info:/

  • March 25, 2013
  • 01:23 AM
  • 1,298 views

Language and the stratification of restaurant labour

by Calvin N. Ho in Language on the Move

Are there language requirements for working in restaurants in Los Angeles? These two employment signs that I saw in the window of a sushi restaurant near UCLA suggests that you need English to wait tables and Spanish to work in … Continue reading →... Read more »

Waldinger, Roger. (1998) The Language of Work in an Immigrant Metropolis. Journal des anthropologues. info:/

  • March 19, 2013
  • 12:08 AM
  • 1,448 views

Exclusion on campus

by Ingrid Piller in Language on the Move

A persistent theme in research with international students in Australia is the tension between dreams of inclusion pre-departure and the experience of exclusion once in the country. In Kimie Takahashi’s ethnography with international students from Japan, for instance, participants often … Continue reading →... Read more »

Tara J Yosso; William A Smith; Miguel Ceja; Daniel G Solórzano. (2009) Critical Race Theory, Racial Microaggressions, and Campus Racial Climate for Latina/o Undergraduates . Harvard Educational Review, 79(4). info:/

  • March 8, 2013
  • 05:10 AM
  • 1,114 views

Migrant women’s empowerment in the city

by Ingrid Piller in Language on the Move

It is international women’s day today and the world’s women are on the move like never before: according to figures from the International Institute for Migration, women constitute 49% of the world’s 214 million transnational migrants. It is often assumed … Continue reading →... Read more »

  • March 4, 2013
  • 01:26 AM
  • 1,475 views

Is speaking English a civic duty?

by Ingrid Piller in Language on the Move

In today’s immigration countries, adherents of the “one nation, one language” idea face a unique ideological problem: to claim that the national language is a sign of national loyalty and incorporation into the nation while, simultaneously, disavowing any association between … Continue reading →... Read more »

  • February 18, 2013
  • 04:11 PM
  • 1,315 views

Grassroots multilingualism

by Ingrid Piller in Language on the Move

What does an urban middle-class male university graduate from Conakry, the capital of Guinea, have in common with a peasant woman with little education from a village in Sichuan? Well, both are caught up in the processes of globalization and … Continue reading →... Read more »

Han, Huamei. (2013) Individual Grassroots Multilingualism in Africa Town in Guangzhou: The Role of States in Globalization. International Multilingual Research Journal, 83-97. info:/

  • February 13, 2013
  • 10:42 PM
  • 1,059 views

To English with Love

by Ingrid Piller in Language on the Move

It’s Valentine’s Day today. Valentine’s Day is a truly global event inextricably linking the emotional life of individuals with the capitalist world order. Young women around the world dream of romantic love and many men do their best to meet … Continue reading →... Read more »

Takahashi, Kimie. (2013) Language learning, gender and desire: Japanese women on the move. Multilingual Matters. info:/

  • January 31, 2013
  • 04:37 PM
  • 1,328 views

Is English improving lives in a remote Indonesian village?

by Ingrid Piller in Language on the Move

In a recent post, I reviewed language policy research that shows how compulsory English in China has given rise to new inequities and is far from being a means to fair development. In that context, compulsory English language learning is … Continue reading →... Read more »

Pasassung, Nikolaus. (2003) Teaching English in an "Acquisition-Poor Environment": An Ethnographic Example of a Remote Indonesian EFL Classroom. Unpublished PhD Dissertation, University of Sydney. info:/

  • January 17, 2013
  • 06:31 PM
  • 1,099 views

A golden age of multiculturalism

by Ingrid Piller in Language on the Move

Last week I had the privilege of attending, virtually, a seminar devoted to “Mobilities, Language Practices and Identities” organized by the CIEN Group at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. The seminar brought together a small number of international scholars working … Continue reading →... Read more »

  • January 11, 2013
  • 01:31 AM
  • 1,252 views

English for everyone is unfair

by Ingrid Piller in Language on the Move

Knowledge of English has come to be seen as the key talent of the 21st century, a way to perfect an individual’s character and to modernize societies; a central facet of global development. China, for instance, introduced an ambitious universal … Continue reading →... Read more »

Hu, G., & Alsagoff, L. (2010) A public policy perspective on English medium instruction in China. Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development, 31(4), 365-382. DOI: 10.1080/01434632.2010.489950  

  • January 7, 2013
  • 08:12 PM
  • 1,170 views

Early study abroad students in young adulthood

by Bong Jeong Lee in Language on the Move

Readers of Language on the Move will be familiar with South Korea’s English fever, the sweeping zeal for learning English. Parents enrol children in English medium-preschools, arts and sports classes, nursery schools with native-speaking English staff, toddler gyms with English … Continue reading →... Read more »

Cummins, Jim. (2000) Language, power and pedagogy: bilingual children in the crossfire, . Multilingual Matters. info:/

  • January 3, 2013
  • 07:30 PM
  • 1,824 views

The exotic Chinese language

by Chen Xiaoxiao 陈潇潇 in Language on the Move

Ingrid’s blog post “Character challenge” has set me thinking about Chinese language learning these days. I have found her observation about learning Chinese characters as “the most intriguing pastime” particularly impressive, especially when I look again at the data I … Continue reading →... Read more »

  • November 8, 2012
  • 11:58 PM
  • 1,088 views

Seeing Asians speaking English

by Ingrid Piller in Language on the Move

I am very much looking forward to attending the International Conference on Research and Applications of Intercultural Communication in Wuhan next week. By way of preparation, I’ve googled the conference hotel on tripadvisor and was disappointed to discover that the … Continue reading →... Read more »

  • October 7, 2012
  • 11:21 PM
  • 1,277 views

Bilingualism is good for your mental health

by Ingrid Piller in Language on the Move

October is Mental Health month here in New South Wales. The campaign runs under the slogan “Celebrate, connect, grow” and includes some fantastic tips how to look after your mental health. The key point is to build strong relationships and … Continue reading →... Read more »

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