English Language as Hydra: Its Impacts on Non-English Language Cultures
In far too many places, the worldwide trade in English-language teaching, testing and publishing has become a self-perpetuating, self-congratulating, neocolonial monster ... a veritable multi-headed Hydra. Too often the English language industry aggressively promotes itself as some sort of “uplifting”, “essential”, “proper” or even “better” means of communication than any other language. Unfortunately, its relentless global outreach is taking place at the direct expense, and the active denigration, of local and regional languages – not to mention individual identities.
English Language as Hydra brings together the voices of linguists, literary figures and teaching professionals in a wide-ranging exposé of this monstrous Hydra in action on four continents. It provides a showcase of the diverse and powerful impacts that this ever-evolving, gluttonous beast has had on so many non-English language cultures - as well as the surreptitious, drug-like ways in which it can infiltrate individual psyches.
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Only 21 square kilometres in area, the island of Nauru in the western Pacific
Ocean is one of the world's smallest countries. It is low-lying, with a fertile coastal
strip encircling a central, once phosphate-laden, plateau. The island has possibly
3 Out of Sight, Out of Mind... and Out of Line: Language Education in the
Australian Indian Ocean Territory of the Cocos (Keeling) Islands Pauline Bunce
Introduction In a speech to the Asia Society Australasia in Singapore on 12
August, 2008, ...
While the wider Malay-Indonesian language is under no threat of extinction, its
traditional Cocos variety is certainly coming under pressure from: (1) a muddle-
headed, on-island snobbery that has emerged from decades of teacher-jibes ...
A small school for mainland Australian children was established next to the
airstrip on West Island in 1955, but it was 24 more years before anything
comparable was provided for the Cocos Malay population on Home Island, in
1979. Despite ...
I was teaching on the islands at the time and watched as this dispute was taken
as a 'last straw' by the WA education authorities. Two senior education officials
from WA made an overnight visit to the islands to personally confront on-island ...
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