English-Only Europe?: Challenging Language Policy by Robert Phillipson

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Titel: English-Only Europe?: Challenging Language Policy – Forfatter: Robert Phillipson

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The globalisation of the English language has been described as the primary reason for “linguistic imperialism”, which can operate with sexism, racism or classism. Naturally, there has been a debate whether the globalization of the English language is the reason for smaller languages dying out and losing their value. The question is: should children learn English from a young age with or without their mothertongue? Which language should dominate their life?

Robert Phillipson claims that:

“minority language speakers are victims of linguicism if their

languages have no place in the education system”.

However, if you teach children a global language and their mother-tongue from a small age with the proper education and knowledge, they will be able to speak their original language and a global language, and then the term “powerful bilingualism” becomes relevant.

Two-thirds of the children of the world grow up in a bilingual environment, furthermore it is easier to learn two languages from a young age than later on e.g. in the teenage years. Therefore, if there is an additional focus on the education of children concerning bilingualism, it will develop them in competence and furthermore, it will make the communication even better world-wide.

This is an interesting source which makes the mind wander about the possibilities of the globalization of the English language, and whether or not it is a good thing.

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