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Language on the Move is dedicated to language and communication in multicultural and transnational contexts: language learning, multilingualism and intercultural communication, in short, in Language and Communication on the Move (L.CoM)! The blog is part of the sociolinguistics portal www.languageonthemove.org created by Ingrid Piller and Kimie Takahashi. Visit www.languageonthemove.org to find out more about our work.

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  • May 19, 2011
  • 08:22 PM
  • 1,874 views

Glocalization à la Suisse

by Ingrid Piller in Language on the Move

When I lived in Basel, a city in the German-speaking part of Switzerland, I often found myself performing an involuntary field experiment in language attitudes. As likely to speak English as German in public, I was regularly confronted with strangers’ … Continue reading →... Read more »

Moser, Urs . (2010) Entwicklung der Sprachkompetenzen in der Erst- und Zweitsprache von Migrantenkindern. Do you speak Swiss? Verlag Neue Zuercher Zeitung, 105-107. info:/

  • May 9, 2011
  • 06:04 AM
  • 1,439 views

Bilingual math

by Ingrid Piller in Language on the Move

Over the past year or so I’ve started to make my daughter do daily arithmetic practice in German. My reason for doing so stems from my dissatisfaction with the ways in which rote learning and memorization as a learning style … Continue reading →... Read more »

Aneta Pavlenko (Ed.). (2011) Thinking and Speaking in Two Languages. Multilingual Matters. info:/

  • May 6, 2011
  • 02:26 AM
  • 2,000 views

Can foreign languages drive you crazy?

by Ingrid Piller in Language on the Move

On The Science Show they recently had a program about how unfamiliar sounds, rhythms and tonalities can drive people crazy. I learnt that neuroscientists have been experimenting with the idea that when confronted with unfamiliar musical patterns the brain releases … Continue reading →... Read more »

Lehrer, Jonah. (2007) Proust was a neuroscientist. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. info:/

  • March 3, 2011
  • 06:29 PM
  • 1,958 views

National Languages Curriculum

by Ingrid Piller in Language on the Move

My daughter attends a public elementary school in NSW where the children are taught French for one hour each week. In 2009, she was away from her school for one year and did not receive any French instruction during that … Continue reading →... Read more »

Clyne, Michael. (2005) Australia's Language Potential. UNSW Press. info:/

  • February 26, 2011
  • 06:59 AM
  • 1,532 views

Where is home?

by Ingrid Piller in Language on the Move

Many of the people close to my heart are transnationals such as myself. Belonging is a frequently discussed topic in my circles, and often a topic that is surrounded by considerable angst. Where do we belong? Is it really worth … Continue reading →... Read more »

  • February 17, 2011
  • 04:08 PM
  • 2,508 views

Long-term English language learners

by Ingrid Piller in Language on the Move

When I first started teaching in Australia, I had a Korean-Australian student in one of my undergraduate classes who sounded like most of the other students in my class, like a native speaker of Australian-English. The daughter of Korean immigrants, … Continue reading →... Read more »

  • February 13, 2011
  • 06:09 PM
  • 2,994 views

Do you speak Swiss?

by Ingrid Piller in Language on the Move

A most amazing book has just landed on my desk: Do you speak Swiss, edited by Walter Haas, is the final report on a Swiss National Research Project devoted to Linguistic Diversity and Language Competence in Switzerland. Initiated by the … Continue reading →... Read more »

Walter Haas (Ed.). (2010) Do you speak Swiss? Sprachenvielfalt und Sprachkompetenz in der Schweiz. Nationales Forschungsprogramm NFP 56. NZZ Libro. info:/

  • January 27, 2011
  • 08:13 PM
  • 1,679 views

Language learning and height

by Ingrid Piller in Language on the Move

Are you tall enough to learn English? Have you ever reflected on the relationship between height and language learning? Well, I haven’t, and I’ve been in language teaching and learning for almost 20 years. So, I assume that most of … Continue reading →... Read more »

Chang, Leslie T. (2009) Factory Girls: From Village to City in a Changing China. Spiegel . info:/

  • December 7, 2010
  • 08:58 PM
  • 1,522 views

A tale of two foreigners in Japan

by Lachlan Jackson in Language on the Move

This is the first in a series of blog posts about my experiences undertaking an ongoing research project. In this series I will be detailing some of the methodological challenges I encounter as well as the strategies I adopt to … Continue reading →... Read more »

Maher, J. C. (2005) Metroethnicity, language and the principle of cool. International Journal of the Sociology of Languages, 83. info:/

  • December 4, 2010
  • 07:35 PM
  • 2,389 views

Happy birthday, UAE!

by Ingrid Piller in Language on the Move

The United Arab Emirates are celebrating their 39th national day this month. Trucial Oman, as it was then known, became independent from their semi-colonial relationship with Britain in December 1971 and the country has since experienced some dramatic changes: its … Continue reading →... Read more »

  • November 6, 2010
  • 02:44 AM
  • 2,350 views

German is so funny. Not.

by Ingrid Piller in Language on the Move

Earlier this term I intercepted a note my 7-year-old had written to her teacher: “Ger Ger Ger; Don’t be so rude.” She was objecting to a reading comprehension exercise about sneezing, which included the following information: If someone nearby sneezes, … Continue reading →... Read more »

  • October 29, 2010
  • 07:58 PM
  • 1,629 views

In memoriam Michael Clyne

by Ingrid Piller in Language on the Move

I was saddened this morning to read the Australian Linguistics Society’s news about Michael Clyne’s passing! Australian sociolinguistics has lost its doyen, and we have all lost a strong advocate for a multilingual, multicultural, diverse and tolerant society. Michael has … Continue reading →... Read more »

  • October 25, 2010
  • 07:23 PM
  • 1,719 views

Providing bilingual education since 1689

by Ingrid Piller in Language on the Move

I’ve been teaching about bilingualism for more than a decade and when I speak about bilingual education and dual-immersion programs I draw on examples from Canada and the USA. These are the examples that fill the literature and the textbooks. … Continue reading →... Read more »

Meier, G. (2010) Two-way immersion education in Germany: bridging the linguistic gap. International Journal of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism, 13(4), 419-437. DOI: 10.1080/13670050903418793  

Sugimoto, Yoshio. (2010) An Introduction to Japanese Society. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. info:/

  • September 12, 2010
  • 05:30 PM
  • 2,083 views

The Dark Side of TESOL

by Kimie Takahashi 高橋君江 in Language on the Move

The latest issue of Cross-Cultural Studies (published by the Center for Cross Cultural Studies, Hyung Hee University, Korea) includes an article about the dark side of TESOL authored by Ingrid Piller, Kimie Takahashi, and Yukinori Watanabe. Based on case studies from … Continue reading →... Read more »

Ingrid Piller, Kimie Takahashi, & Yukinori Watanabe. (2010) The Dark Side of TESOL: The Hidden Costs of the Consumption of English. Cross-Cultural Studies, 183-201. info:/

  • August 26, 2010
  • 11:22 PM
  • 1,777 views

Bad faith migration programs

by Ingrid Piller in Language on the Move

In the past couple of years, I have been a passenger in Sydney taxis driven, inter alia, by an agricultural engineer from India, a civil engineer from Somalia, a surgeon from Vietnam, an MBA graduate from Pakistan, an architect from … Continue reading →... Read more »

  • August 5, 2010
  • 12:16 AM
  • 2,088 views

Language and inflation

by Ingrid Piller in Language on the Move

Some Language-on-the-Movers based here in Sydney had the opportunity to attend Professor Masaki Oda’s lecture about the current state of the English language in Japan yesterday. With major Japanese companies announcing a switch to English as their official company language … Continue reading →... Read more »

  • August 1, 2010
  • 11:10 PM
  • 2,089 views

Multilingualism 2.0

by Ingrid Piller in Language on the Move

The social networking market research site Inside Facebook has some intriguing language stats. In July, the fastest-growing languages on Facebook were Portuguese, Arabic, Spanish and French. The Portuguese growth rate was a staggering 11.8%. Arabic grew by 9.2%, Spanish by … Continue reading →... Read more »

Otsuji, E., & Pennycook, A. (2010) Metrolingualism: fixity, fluidity and language in flux. International Journal of Multilingualism, 7(3), 240-254. DOI: 10.1080/14790710903414331  

  • July 21, 2010
  • 12:58 AM
  • 1,867 views

Refugee children left behind as eagle lands on the moon

by Ingrid Piller in Language on the Move

Yesterday, the New York Times carried a heart-breaking story about an exceptional school principal forced from her position under No-Child-Left-Behind legislation in order for the school district to obtain federal funding. It’s an instructive tale about the standardized-assessment tail wagging … Continue reading →... Read more »

  • July 19, 2010
  • 02:43 AM
  • 1,782 views

English-Only at Bon Secours

by Ingrid Piller in Language on the Move

From what I read, there is a nursing shortage in the Global North. From North America to Japan and from Europe to the Gulf countries, rich societies suffer from a “care deficit,” which they fill by importing – mostly female … Continue reading →... Read more »

Piller, Ingrid, & Takahashi, Kimie. (2011) At the intersection of gender, language and transnationalism. Nik Coupland. Ed. Handbook of Language and Globalisation. Malden, MA: Blackwell, 540-554. info:/

  • July 11, 2010
  • 05:05 AM
  • 1,874 views

Academic capitalism and the spread of English

by Ingrid Piller in Language on the Move

In 2009, I contributed a chapter about the social inclusion of migrants in Australia to an edited book about immigration policy published in Japanese in Japan. The book is doing well – a second edition has just been published – … Continue reading →... Read more »

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