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Virag CSILLAGH

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Dr Virag CSILLAGH

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Virag Csillagh holds a PhD in linguistics from the University of Geneva, where she has been researching second language learning motivation, plurilingualism and language policy. Her dissertation explores the language skills, practices and attitudes of a linguistically and culturally diverse group of students at the French-speaking university of multicultural Geneva. The survey study it reports on analyzed a large database of questionnaire results  (n=375) and found intriguing evidence suggestive of the impact of the social and economic context, both local and global, on participants' language attitudes, engagement and self-concept. Indeed, the latter emerged as key to understanding language learning in its various, dynamically interacting contexts and language learners as individuals who actively navigate and shape their environment. Virag argues for the potential of such a holistic, complexity-driven view of language learning and use and joins the call for new, emerging theoretical approaches and methodologies. Since completing her degree, she has worked on several international and interdisciplinary research projects investigating these novel perspectives and various other aspects of second language learning in a social context. She is especially passionate about language as a human right and as a gateway to identity creation, social integration and equality in education.


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