EU: Language Learning by Adult Migrants: Policy Challenges and ICT Responses

Published on: 30/05/2011
Last update: 05/09/2011
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The use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) by adult migrants for learning the host country language (or second language, L2) is a topic which crosses three policy areas at EU level: immigration and integration policy; information society policy; and education and training policies. All three areas are currently addressed by flagship initiatives of the Europe 2020 Strategy.

Second language acquisition by adult migrants is perceived as a crucial factor for socio-economic and cultural integration. Several EU Member States have actually introduced compulsory L2 requirements for migrants, and a major effort is underway by a large number of stakeholders to assist migrants in enhancing their L2 proficiency, even where no binding requirements exist. ICT has started to be used in this context and is looked at with increasing interest as a means of helping with both the quantitative and qualitative challenges of L2 education.

This report reviews the current challenges of L2 provision and provides examples where ICT has been implemented to by-pass or solve these challenges.

Number of pages: 84

Description of license: © European Union, 2011, Reproduction is authorised provided the source is acknowledged

Nature of documentation: Official reports and studies

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