Language Economy: Building Communities through Language Learning

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  • Good morning everyone and thank you for coming to this workshop. I am very excited to do this presentation. In this presentation I tried to mix language with economics. The purpose of this presentation is to initiate dialogue and discussions on how we can enhance the role of language training in building inclusive and stronger communities. The presentation will be posted at TESL Ontario website in case you need to have a copy. My name is Khaled Islaih, I am part of LINC team at Muslim Community Services (MCS). In our community agency, we offer LINC classes for Canadian newcomers in Brampton and Mississauga. Our students and staff are very diverse. They are multicultural and multilingual. Before, joining MCS I worked with Brampton Multicultural Council in settlement sector. I also had the opportunity to work with Google from home as Web Rater for Arabic and English sites. Before coming to Canada, I worked for eight years with a UN mission in Ramallah (Palestine) as an economic researcher. The presentation is divided into three sections. In the first section, I highlighted the dynamics of knowledge economy. In the second section, I explained the impact of these new dynamics on our communities and language systems. In the last section, we will develop ideas and suggestions to enhance our role as language professionals in community development and empowerment.
  • Language Economy: Building Communities through Language Learning

    1. 1. Language Economy: Building Communities through Language Learning The 36 th Annual TESL Ontario Conference Celebrating the International Year of Languages November 13-15, 2008 Toronto Khaled A. Islaih Muslim Community Services Brampton / Mississauga Globish Presentation
    2. 2. Economic Shift <ul><li>Organization </li></ul>Bureaucracy Networked
    3. 3. <ul><li>Capital </li></ul>Financial Human
    4. 4. <ul><li>Skills </li></ul>Degree Life – Long Learning
    5. 5. <ul><li>Jobs </li></ul>Teamwork Regulated Work
    6. 6. Wealth Creation Factory Community
    7. 7. New Dynamics <ul><li>Globalization </li></ul>
    8. 8. Information Technology
    9. 9. <ul><li>Immigration </li></ul>
    10. 10. Aging Population
    11. 11. Community Shift Cultural Diversity
    12. 12. Linguistic Diversity
    13. 13. Consciousness Diversity
    14. 14. Diversity Challenges Family Community Workplace
    15. 15. Language Shift Traditional Linguistics Cognitive Linguistics
    16. 16. English Shift
    17. 17. Learn More
    18. 18. Adult English Classes Traditional Teaching Learning by Dialogue
    19. 19. HOW?
    20. 20. Conclusion Engaged citizens Stronger families Inclusive communities Sustainable workplaces Vibrant economies

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