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The lingua franca role of English, coupled with its status as the official language of ASEAN, has important implications for language policy and language education. These include the relationship between English, the respective national languages of ASEAN and thousands of local languages. How can the demand for English be balanced against the need for people to acquire their national language and mother tongue? While many will also need a regional lingua franca, they are learning English as the first foreign language from primary school in all ASEAN countries. Might not this early introduction of English threaten local languages and children's ability to learn? Or can English be introduced and taught in such a way that it can complement local languages rather than replace them? The aim of this book is to explore questions such as these and then make recommendations on language policy and language education for regional policymakers. The book will be important for regional policymakers and language education professionals. It should also benefit language teachers, especially, but by no means exclusively, English language teachers. The book will be of interest to all who are interested in the development of English as an international language and the possible implications of this upon local languages and cultures.

English as a lingua franca in ASEAN - Andy Kirkpatrick

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Title
English as a lingua franca in ASEAN - a multilingual model
Author
Andy Kirkpatrick
format
Paperback / softback
Publisher
Hong Kong University Press
Language
English
UK Publication Date
20101001

The lingua franca role of English, coupled with its status as the official language of ASEAN, has important implications for language policy and language education. These include the relationship between English, the respective national languages of ASEAN and thousands of local languages. How can the demand for English be balanced against the need for people to acquire their national language and mother tongue? While many will also need a regional lingua franca, they are learning English as the first foreign language from primary school in all ASEAN countries. Might not this early introduction of English threaten local languages and children's ability to learn? Or can English be introduced and taught in such a way that it can complement local languages rather than replace them? The aim of this book is to explore questions such as these and then make recommendations on language policy and language education for regional policymakers. The book will be important for regional policymakers and language education professionals. It should also benefit language teachers, especially, but by no means exclusively, English language teachers. The book will be of interest to all who are interested in the development of English as an international language and the possible implications of this upon local languages and cultures.

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Andy Kirkpatrick is Professor and Head, Languages and Linguistics, Griffith University, Brisbane, Australia. His research interests include the development of regional varieties of English and the history of Chinese rhetoric. He is the author of World Englishes Implications for International Communication and ELT (2007), and editor of The Handbook of World Englishes (2010).

"Much research has been carried out on varieties of English used in Southeast Asia, but how intelligible these varieties are to others and whether a shift towards an international 'standard' variety occurs in interactions between people from the region, h


"Andy Kirkpatrick's authoritative and scholarly new book, English as a Lingua Franca in ASEAN, is a mine of information on recent developments in English within ASEAN and the East Asian region more broadly. Its comprehensive and detailed coverage fills a

Type
BOOK
Keyword Index
Lingua francas - Southeast Asia.|English language - Southeast Asia.|English language - Variation - Southeast Asia.|English language - Study and teaching - Southeast Asia.|Communication, International - Case studies.
Country of Publication
China
Number of Pages
236

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