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Two Languages at Work : Bilingual Life on the Production Floor :  Bilingual Life on the Production Floor - Tara Goldstein

Two Languages at Work : Bilingual Life on the Production Floor

Bilingual Life on the Production Floor

Hardcover Published: 1996
ISBN: 9783110150582
Number Of Pages: 291
For Ages: 22+ years old

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An 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, or why workers are or are not able to exploit their linguistic resources in local labour markets. By examining the context of second language learning, Goldstein challenges researchers and teams to re-examine assumptions about how to best help students in the process of learning a second language.

Introduction: Teaching and researching in the multicultural/multilingual workplacep. 1
Social goals and workplace English language trainingp. 2
Language choice and economic gainp. 5
Research questions and research methodologyp. 5
Outline of bookp. 9
Survival, participation, and access in a multicultural/multilingual settingp. 11
Language choice, social identity, and authority in the multicultural/multilingual workplacep. 39
Ethnography in the multicultural/multilingual workplacep. 69
The Portuguese community of Torontop. 87
Working at Stone Specialitiesp. 109
Bilingual life and language choice on the production floorp. 143
Ways of communicating and experience at workp. 177
Language choice, linguistic authority and social difference on the production floorp. 201
Opportunity and empowerment in the multicultural/multilingual workplacep. 219
Language, consent and relations of powerp. 243
Notesp. 251
Referencesp. 255
List of major occupational groups in 1986 censusp. 267
Interview questions for managers, assistant managers and forepersonsp. 270
Interview questions for the chairman of Stone Specialitiesp. 271
Language choice conventionsp. 272
Language choice profilep. 273
Interview questions for workersp. 274
Indexp. 277
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ISBN: 9783110150582
ISBN-10: 3110150581
Series: Contributions to the Sociology of Language [Csl]
Audience: General
For Ages: 22+ years old
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 291
Published: 1996
Country of Publication: DE
Dimensions (cm): 23.39 x 15.6  x 1.75
Weight (kg): 0.59

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