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Revisiting the Use of the Proximity Lexicon in the Classroom for Immigrant Populations at Risk of Social Exclusion: Does It Really Help?

General Linguistics, Universidad de Málaga, 29071 Málaga, Spain
Languages 2019, 4(2), 43; https://doi.org/10.3390/languages4020043
Received: 22 April 2019 / Revised: 16 June 2019 / Accepted: 17 June 2019 / Published: 19 June 2019
This paper shows the convenience of using linguistic resources in foreign language teaching based on the proximity lexicon (dialectal and local) in order to facilitate the integration of socially vulnerable immigrant groups. The social barriers facing them intensify because of lack of knowledge of the linguistic varieties of the host countries and their functions. This study is a continuation of another one published in 2019 in which we presented a theoretical model of language teaching based on the gradual introduction of specific lexical material with the aim of facilitating sociocultural adaptation. The proximity lexicon associated to communal belonging meanings was considered a powerful social inclusion tool. We worked with two student samples to confirm the efficacy of the model. In a group, the dialectal strategy was employed in a programmed and conscious manner, whereas in the other one, the control group, the model was not followed. The results are based on the answers to questions in a wellbeing questionnaire designed ad hoc to evaluate the efficacy of the proposal. The group to which the proposed system was applied showed a greater degree of social wellbeing, satisfaction and adaptation. View Full-Text
Keywords: Proximity lexicon; teaching; immigrants; social vulnerability; (non) adaptation Proximity lexicon; teaching; immigrants; social vulnerability; (non) adaptation
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Ávila-Muñoz, A.-M. Revisiting the Use of the Proximity Lexicon in the Classroom for Immigrant Populations at Risk of Social Exclusion: Does It Really Help? Languages 2019, 4, 43.

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