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Language Proficiency and Integration. The Italian Case
Journal Title: PARADIGMI 
Author/s: Monica Barni 
Year:  2013 Issue: Language: Italian 
Pages:  11 Pg. 139-149 FullText PDF:  153 KB
DOI:  10.3280/PARA2013-001009
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The use of language and the results of language tests as a guarantee of the integration of immigrants is widespread in many European and non-Europeans coun- tries, but this relationship is questionable, both from the theoretical and the applicative point of view. In particular, the Italian legislation is driven primarily by symbolic, bureaucratic and centralist intents of linguistic policy. Language and tests assume a function of "gate-keepers", filters, barriers, rather than "door-openers", that is, tools that create opportunities for access and participation in society.
Keywords: Civil rights, Immigration, Integration policy, Italian language, Language proficiency, Language tests

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Monica Barni, Language Proficiency and Integration. The Italian Case in "PARADIGMI" 1/2013, pp. 139-149, DOI:10.3280/PARA2013-001009


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