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ERIC Number: EJ795384
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Jun
Pages: 22
Abstractor: Author
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ISSN: ISSN-1568-4555
The Problem of "Choice" and the Construction of the Demand for English in Cambodia
Clayton, Stephen
Language Policy, v7 n2 p143-164 Jun 2008
This paper uses Cambodia as a case study to problematise the notion of choice in the spread of English. I explore specific historical contexts which were central to the construction of the demand for English and English language teaching (ELT) in Cambodia. The actions of a range of external agencies resulted in the close discursive articulation of English with Cambodia's "reconstruction and development" which was constructed along broadly neo-liberal lines. Alternative models of development were not considered, thus language alternatives were similarly ignored. One language alternative, a programme of mass literacy, was largely ignored, leaving the majority of Cambodians functionally illiterate. I conclude by arguing that the use of "choice" in language choice theories as a form of agency often masks the fact that choice is a marker of socio-economic and political privilege.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Cambodia