Tag Archives: English and inequality

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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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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English-Language Textbooks and Gender Equality

In 1996 the Japanese government drew up the Basic Plan for Gender Equality, and in 1999 enacted the Basic Law for a Gender-Equal Society. The Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science, and Technology (MEXT) includes the “enrichment of education to … Continue reading

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The Hegemony of English and Strategies for Linguistic Pluralism: Proposing the Ecology of Language Paradigm

One of the most important tasks that we scholars ought to achieve is to discover a question out of the taken-for-granted knowledge in the existing reality. The question I want to raise in this paper is concerned with the use … Continue reading

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‘Cascades’ to close language gap

Parents across India recognise the importance of English to their children’s futures, but the state education system is struggling to keep up with this new demand. Max de Lotbinière finds out how the British Council is helping to set up … Continue reading

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India’s private sector steps in

Gurcharan Das, chairman of SKS Microfinance, tells Max de Lotbinière how his venture to bring affordable English-medium schooling to India’s poorest communities offers the next generation the best chance of improving their economic prospects. Guardian Weekly, 11 December 2008. Read the … Continue reading

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India’s language divide

This article considers whether English is contributing to greater inequality in India. It looks at the importance of English, the former colonial language, in government and other top jobs, and at the division in the education system between English-medium schools, … Continue reading

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