English in the South Pacific

By the “South Pacific”, we refer to the countries and territories of Melanesia and Polynesia (excluding New Zealand and Hawai’i). Since we are dealing with English as a first or second language, we will pay virtually no attention to the Indonesian province of Irian Jaya (the western half of the island of New Guinea), the French overseas territories of New Caledonia, Wallis and Futuna, and French Polynesia (but see §10.3), or the Chilean territory of Easter Island. In all of these territories, English is a subject in at least some high schools, but it is very much a foreign language in the national context. Read more…

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