Language education and labour migration - the preparation of Philippine care workers for Germany
Project funded by own resources
Project title Language education and labour migration - the preparation of Philippine care workers for Germany
Principal Investigator(s) Locher, Miriam
Meier, Stefanie
Organisation / Research unit Departement Sprach- und Literaturwissenschaften / English Linguistics (Locher)
Project Website http://hpsl-linguistics.org/laufende-promotionsprojekte&projekt=280
Project start 01.04.2013
Probable end 31.03.2017
Status Completed
Abstract

This study investigates the role language education plays in the labour migration of Philippine nurses who prepare and are prepared for the German market. It shows in what ways language education is central to facilitating and managing a state-initiated migration of skilled workers as well as how their linguistic preparation is discovered to be and set up as a new market. The focus on language education serves as a lens to understand more broadly the continuities as well as the discontinuities of our understanding of language and social inequality. Language has gained importance in economic exchanges, as language work is a vital part of most of ‘skilled’ service work. It is this area of labour that has grown in a Post-Fordist economy. As one of the results, there are flows of workers as well as flows of labour intensive businesses, following jobs in the first case or following cheap labour in the latter. The globalized market, however, is much more heteroglossic than often assumed and language education is an important component in facilitating, managing, as well as marketing these flows of labour.

Keywords critical sociolinguistics, language and social inequality, ethnography of communication
Financed by University funds
   

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