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Worlds of English

Synopsis
The decision to use English in countries where it is not the first language is controversial.
English is often attacked for causing real social and cultural damage. In South Africa, some schools are refusing to teach in English, and in Malaysia, opposition to English classes has led to riots on the streets. Yet in Singapore, the authorities have failed to eradicate the popular crossbreed language known as Singlish. English is close to becoming the universal workplace language, but the economic demand for the simplicity of one language is proving unpopular with local employees. In the digital age, will those who can’t speak English be excluded from the internet and the economic benefits of new technology?

This 90 minute DVD is adapted from The Open University’s module Worlds of English (U214)
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Year of release
2013
Subjects
Languages; Sociology
Keywords
cultural influences; English language; English language teaching

Distribution Formats

Type
DVD
Format
Region 2 PAL
Price
£34.99
Availability
Sale
Duration/Size
90 minutes
Year
2013

Distributor

Name

Open University Worldwide

Web
http://www.ouw.co.uk External site opens in new window
Phone
+44 (0) 1908 274066
Address
Walton Hall
Milton Keynes
MK7 6AA
Notes
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