ERIC Number: ED456431
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995-Jul
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English and Its Neighbors: A Position Paper.
Despite the fact that the majority of the world's population speaks mother tongues other than English, about a third of their number use English as a second or an alternative official or commercial language. English is also the language of available information, of international communication (such as air- and sea-speak), and of computer "empires." Bilingual or bidialectic education enables those with other languages or dialects of the same language to function at different levels of transaction, political and managerial on the one hand, and the everyday communication of equals on the other. But power still resides with the speakers of the majority language which had achieved that position precisely because of power previously acquired. Often these are speakers of English--particularly when their language is used for transnational communication. Speakers of mother tongue English must relate closely to teachers and learners of English as a second language, which can become complicated when both are educated together in one of the increasingly more multilingual classrooms. Giving recognition to the foreign official or home languages is necessary if the general development of speakers of the other languages is not to suffer by being deprived of the support of their mother tongue at a crucial time in their education. The mistake is to assume that all speakers of English possess the same command of the language and that their intellectual and emotional faculties function entirely through the medium of English. (NKA)
Descriptors: Bilingual Education, Communication Problems, Cultural Context, Elementary Secondary Education, English, English Only Movement, Higher Education, Language Role, Second Language Learning
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Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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