Citizenship Testing and Linguistic Integration in Australia and Germany

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Abstract

This contribution is concerned with German as a Second Language in the context of testing for citizenship requirements. The changes to German citizenship and immigration laws and the introduction of integration courses and citizenship testing in Germany are discussed and compared to the situation in Australia, a country of immigration par excellence. The importance of language in the context of citizenship testing in both countries is critically discussed and linked to an examination of a concept of “integration” that does not seem mutually inclusive, but rather assumes linguistic integration on the part of the immigrant aspiring to citizenship rights.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)13-27
Number of pages15
JournalZeitschrift für Interkulturellen Fremdsprachenunterricht
Volume14
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2009

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