Tag Archives: English and local languages

Education for All

This is a 2008 report by the Fijian government on education in Fiji, that has short sections on the language situation in Fiji on page 12 and language issues in education on page 31. Read the report.

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The Language Situation in Fiji

A long academic article looking at the history and current situation of various languages, including English, in education, the media, and language policy. Read this article.

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National language debate in Fiji

This article discusses whether Fijian (and also Fiji Hindi), as well as English, should be compulsory languages in school and argues that knowledge of the Fijian language is important for the identity of Fijian people. Wikipedia. Read the article.

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Languages of Fiji

Fiji has three official languages under the 1997 constitution; English, Fijian and Hindustani. Fijian is a spoken either as a first or second language by indigenous Fijians who make up around 54% of the population. Fijians ofIndian descent make up a further 37%, mainly speaking Hindustani (Urdu and Hindi), whose local … Continue reading

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Modern youth almost forget their own language

This article argues that young people in Cambodia who learn English, especially those who go abroad to study, behave badly, speak Khymer (the national language) in ways that are hard for older Cambodians to understand and don’t follow the rules … 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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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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