Language and Education in Asia

Globalization has made, and will continue to make, a major impact on language education in Asia. The fact that English has become the de facto common language of communication (or lingua franca) across the globe has led Asian governments to revisit their language policies so that their countries can participate in, or become competitive in, the global economy. This entry outlines the changes that have taken place since the advent of the Internet in the mid-1990s, the tensions that have arisen since then, and the ways in which Asian countries have tried to resolve these tensions. The implications for other nations are discussed briefly.

Globalization and the Status of English in Asia

In Asia, English is well recognized as the language of global communication, and mastery ...

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