Tag Archives: English and economic development

Thai reforms failing to reach needy

Priority has been given to raising education standards and in particular English language skills. But the push to equip the country with an English-speaking workforce has exposed worrying trends. While demand from urban middle class parents for English-medium schooling for their … Continue reading

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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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Japan far behind in global language of business

This article compares attitudes to and policies for learning and using English in Japan with Korea, and China, looking at issues such as study abroad in English-speaking countries, English classes at elementary school level, English in business, and testing of … Continue reading

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Make English a true multicultural language

On Aug. 15, 1808, the HMS Phaeton entered Japan’s southwestern territory without permission and unconditionally demanded food, fuel and water. The British warship was allowed to stay for three days before leaving Nagasaki, mainly due to the Japanese official translators … Continue reading

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Japan looks to India for a better way to learn

At the Little Angels English Academy & International Kindergarten, the textbooks are from India, most of the teachers are South Asian, and classroom posters depict animals out of Indian tales, including dancing elephants in plumed turbans. The kindergarten students even … Continue reading

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Japan’s globalization imperative

For all the international success of Japan’s big, well-known companies, many still lag behind their global rivals in the most important markets. Why are General Motors and Volkswagen more successful in China than Honda and Toyota? Why are LG and … Continue reading

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Nissan pushes for foreign executive majority by 2016

Nissan Motor Co plans to fill the majority of its top-ranking posts with non-Japanese by the end of fiscal 2016, according to sources. Non-Japanese officials, such as directors and presidents of overseas units, currently account for 44 people of Nissan’s … Continue reading

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