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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Groves reported that education began with full immersion in the vernacular, with
English gradually being introduced to classes between Grades 3 and 6. He
further reports that there was a positive attitude to primary education and that ...
At the start of the 21st century, it was clear that there was growing regional
concern about the lack of vernacular curricula. In 2001, at a meeting between the
Ministers for Education of the Pacific Islands Forum (PIFS), 'the relevance and
lack of ...
To strengthen our children's vernacular and lay the foundations for the learning of
a second language. • To restore our children's national identity and pride by
restoring their vernacular inheritance. • To develop and train teachers who will be
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