SOAS University of London

Centre for Language Pedagogy

Added-value of multilingualism: 'A social psychological perspective'

Professor Itesh Sachdev

Date: 11 January 2013Time: 3:00 PM

Finishes: 11 January 2013Time: 5:00 PM

Venue: Russell Square: College Buildings Room: 4421

Type of Event: Seminar

“Persons belonging to national or ethnic, religious and linguistic minorities…have the right to enjoy their own culture, to profess and practice their own religion, and to use their own language in private and in public, freely and without interference or any form of discrimination“ (Article 2:1, United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Persons Belonging to National or Ethnic, Religious and Linguistic Minorities, 1992)

Intensification in the linguistic and cultural diversity of modern nations worldwide has been accompanied by a variety of social, educational, health, economic, and political challenges. This paper outlines the main social psychological arguments for the benefits of multilingualism focusing on the languages of recent immigrants, referred to as ‘heritage’ languages for our purposes here.  The presentation will specifically discuss questions (with empirical data) on the cognitive/educational and social benefits of multilingualism in the hyperdiverse societies of today.

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