Critically Evaluating the Relationship Between Language and Social Processes and Analysing the Significance of Language Change and Variety for Literacy Learning and Development.
The Moser Report 1999 stated that up to seven million adults in England have difficulties with literacy and numeracy, a bigger proportion than in any other western country. One in five adults are functionally illiterate. The report recognised a long term national strategy was needed, the government would have to spend six hundred and eighty millions pounds a year until the year 2005 to achieve the recommended target of halving the number of people functionally illiterate by the year 2010 (Moser, 1999) All of these aspects convey the fact that language is influenced and affected by such key factors.
Home and community culture values may conflict with the cultural values of educational/academic establishments affecting learning. The influence of cultural values with learning may be particularly relevant, for example, Gypsy and Muslim women can experience conflict between their aspirations, their families wishes and educational/academic expectations, resulting in dislocation and anxiety having a long term effect on their learning. The power of language to reflect culture and influence thinking was first proposed by an American linguist and anthropologist, Edward Sapir (1884–1939), and his student, Benjamin Whorf (1897–1941). The Sapir–Whorf hypothesis stated that the way we think and view the world is