Category Archives: English in Indonesia

The Status and Function of English in Indonesia: A Review of Key Factors

This academic article by  Allen Lauder looks at the history of English in Indonesia, the roles and functions it plays, the relationship between English and local languages and discussions about the positive and negative impacts of English, which varieties of English … Continue reading

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Indonesia: A battlefield of linguistic survival

An opinion piece by Mochamad Subhan Zein about the threat from English and Bahasa Indonesia (the official language) to multilingualism in Indonesia, one of the most multilingual countries in the world, where 637 of the approximately 735 languages spoken are endangered. … Continue reading

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Languages of Indonesia

A short overview of the more than 700 languages in Indonesia, including a brief look at the role of English. Wikipedia, 14 September 2012. Read this article.

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As English Spreads, Indonesians Fear for Their Language

This article looks at the growing trend for middle and upper class Indonesian parents to raise their children speaking English better than Bahasa Indonesia, the official national language in Indonesia, and to send them to private schools that focus on … Continue reading

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