Two Languages at Work: Bilingual Life on the Production Floor (Contributions to the Sociology of Language, No 74)
Tara GoldsteinISBN: 3110150581;
This is an exciting new ethnography about language use, identity, and economic survival and mobility in a Canadian manufacturing factory. Inquiring into the meaning of languages for Portuguese immigrant workers, Goldstein explores the questions of why workers do or do not learn official languages of their host countries, why workers do or do not maintain their mother tongues, and why workers are or are not able to exploit their linguistic resources in local labour markets. By examining the context of second language learning in a new way, Goldstein challenges researchers and teachers to re-examine assumptions about how to best help students in the process of learning a second language. Tara Goldstein is Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Education, University of Toronto, Canada.
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