Category Archives: English in Asia

The importance of TOEIC, TOEFL, and IELTS

This article discusses 5 questions about these tests: How accurate are these tests? How useful are they? How does one best prepare for them? Who should take them? How accurate are TOEIC, TOEFL and IELTS? You can also listen to a reading of the … Continue reading

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Mandarin challenging English as language of choice in Asia

BANGKOK, THAILAND — Inside a brightly painted classroom, a circle of kindergarten kids sits facing their teaching assistant, a Filipina. “So what kind of present do you want from Santa?” she asks in English. “Do you want a toy? Who … Continue reading

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Is English or Mandarin the language of the future?

English has been the dominant global language for a century, but is it the language of the future? If Mandarin Chinese is to challenge English globally, then it first has to conquer its own backyard, South East Asia. BBC News, … Continue reading

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East Asian English

A definition from the Concise Oxford Companion to the English Language, 1998. Read the whole article…

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Journalists debate role of English in Asia

English, as the dominant language in cyberspace, is becoming an indispensable communication tool for Asian people. And the increased use of English among nonnative speakers should make it more colorful as a world language. Japan Times, Dec. 7, 2000.  Read the … Continue reading

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Nations in Asia Give English Their Own Flavorful Quirks

An article by Seth Mydans that looks at new varieities of English that are emerging in Asia, particulary Singlish. It disucssues the question of who owns and sets the standards for English today: ‘native speakers’ or everyone who uses English. New … Continue reading

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In Asia, the English imperative

An article on reforms to the English language education system in various Asian countries. International Herald Tribune, 15th Oct 2002. Read the whole article…

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