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Monoculturalization and Language Dissemination
University of Gävle, Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, Ämnesavdelningen för moderna språk.
2004 (English)In: Journal of Language, Identity & Education, ISSN 1534-8458, E-ISSN 1532-7701, Vol. 3, no 3, 215-227 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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A discussion of globalization is presented that focuses on the pros and cons of English spread. The postcolonial theoretical basis for promoting the status of second-language varieties of English, and how this impacts on the foreign-language speaker of English in the European Union, is investigated. Three primary factors, linguistic Anglo-Americanization, the decline of standard British English as an educational norm, and the monoculturalization that accompanies English language learning, are addressed. While the spread of English is beneficial in some respects, Anglo-Americanization is seen as threatening to the social and cultural integrity of non-native speakers of English. The construction of identity within foreign-language learning, of importance to learners of English worldwide, is discussed. It is held that a theoretically neutral program for English, which is growing out of the Euro-English and English as an international language paradigms, is the best possible platform for the teaching and learning of English.

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2004. Vol. 3, no 3, 215-227 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hig:diva-2920DOI: 10.1207/s15327701jlie0303_3OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hig-2920DiVA: diva2:119582
Available from: 2007-11-20 Created: 2007-11-20 Last updated: 2012-02-21Bibliographically approved

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