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ERIC Number: EJ1020609
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Mar
Pages: 17
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0091-732X
The Weight of English in Global Perspective: The Role of English in Israel
Shohamy, Elana
Review of Research in Education, v38 n1 p273-289 Mar 2014
The aim of this chapter is to point to the complexities of the English language in Israel from a critical perspective, its global language status, and the manners in which it affects and interacts with a variety of local issues. The main focus is on how the presence of a global language, like English, affects a given sociolinguistic reality, bringing about specific consequences in terms of people's participation, equality, justice, and rights. Addressing these questions and issues will proceed along two main themes: The first is a historical and current perspective of the phases that English went through in Israel parallel to the revival of Hebrew and its accompanying ideologies; the second is the impact of the power of English on other languages and people, especially on Arabs, who use a different community language, and on immigrants, who arrive in Israel with home languages other than Hebrew. These groups are expected to acquire both Hebrew and English in order to participate and function in the society in education and employment.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Israel
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