FOREIGN LANGUAGE EDUCATION
Balancing communicative needs and intercultural understanding
Language education can be seen as a continuum, running from the further development in school of the language variety first encountered in the home (the ‘mother tongue’), through the teaching of standard languages related to the home variety or dialect, or the teaching of a second, unrelated language which none the less has currency in the local community, and finally to instruction in languages not typically to be met with in the learner's everyday environment.
A range of different labels is commonly applied to different points on this continuum. ‘Mother tongue’ education refers to the further development in school ...