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ERIC Number: EJ824096
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Nov
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 33
ISSN: ISSN-1466-4208
Bangsa Malaysia and Recent Malaysian English Language Policies
Ridge, Brian
Current Issues in Language Planning, v5 n4 p407-423 Nov 2004
This paper analyses Malaysia's English language policies, especially since the mid 1990s, in the light of more recent claims for a united Malaysian nation (under the banner of "bangsa Malaysia") and in the context of English language and its potential for Malaysia to forge more of an externalised identity. It examines the impact of postindependence measures to boost the status of Malay by switching the language medium in schools to Malay (Bahasa Malaysia). This had an immediate effect on English medium schools, but the same measure was not carried through to Chinese or Tamil schools. For the latter, students nonetheless had to demonstrate competence in Bahasa Malaysia and so there evolved an effective bilingualism for non-Malays--a bilingualism that was not generally available for the bulk of Malay students. By the 1990s, Malaysia sought to reintroduce English language competence via its schools and tertiary education. This measure is part of an overall effort to engage with the globalising world. (Contains 9 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A