A Critical Evaluation of Singapore’s Language Policy and its Implications for English Teaching

The language situation of the Singapore society is unique in several aspects. Firstly, the multi-racial social makeup results in a unique language situation and language profile of the Singapore society. However, it has to be pointed out that bilingualism in Singapore means proficiency in English and one other official language, not proficiency in any two other languages as mentioned in most literature (e.g., Kaplan, 1997). In addition to their mother tongue, most Singaporeans use English for communication. Karen’s Linguistics Issues, January 2005. Read more…

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