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Language education of adult immigrants in Greece: current trends and future developments

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The increasing number of immigrants living and working in Greece has proven to be a challenge for the social as well as educational policy of this country. In order to help adult immigrants to integrate into society and facilitate their access to the job market, the Greek state has introduced special language education programmes. This paper discusses the current trends in Greece regarding immigrant language education and presents findings of a survey which aimed at exploring immigrants' language needs and preferences. The results of this survey indicate a high interest by immigrants in learning Greek but a very low level of enrolment on and attendance of language courses. As a knowledge of Greek is necessary to improve immigrants' socio‐economic and professional status, it is suggested that cooperation between immigrant associations and educational policy‐makers is necessary for the design of successful language programmes and the promotion of Greece's policy of integration.

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/02601370500169210

Affiliations: School of English, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece

Publication date: July 1, 2005

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