Global English: a language of controversy?
von The Open University
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But today’s widespread adoption and use of English is a complex story. Grammatically it’s hard to learn, it has many variants and comes with its own history. Its global distribution is largely due to its imposition through British colonial expansion, where it became the language of authority, control and oppression. Those malign beginnings still carry resentments around the world, and continue to pose questions. Is it arrogant to expect other countries to learn it while Anglophones don’t bother to learn their languages? Or is it a good thing that we’ve found common ground in a multicultural world?
The idea of English as a global language is controversial, particularly for people in non-English-speaking countries. This learning pathway examines that controversial nature as well as its cultural and economic importance. Using text, video and audio it explores what English means to those who use it and what it means to learn English, both as a mother tongue and an additional language.
|1||Global English: a language of controversy? - video introduction||--||2:57||Gratis||In iTunes ansehen|
|2||English and Empire||Exploring how the British Empire spread across the world bringing back many new words and phrases.||1:11||Gratis||In iTunes ansehen|
|3||The Age of the Dictionary||A look at how lexicographers started creating the Dictionary of the English Language to ensure that everyone spelt words correctly and knew their correct definition.||1:11||Gratis||In iTunes ansehen|
|4||American English||Learn about American-English and how some American words were actually English to start with.||1:09||Gratis||In iTunes ansehen|
|5||Internet English||Exploring the expansion of internet language, with abbreviations like lol and btw.||1:09||Gratis||In iTunes ansehen|
|6||Global English||The future of English and the many hybrids that have been created. Should we still call it English?||1:09||Gratis||In iTunes ansehen|
||Language choice in South Africa||Neville Alexander explains how his experience in Robben Island turned him into a campaigner for language rights.||10:19||Gratis||In iTunes ansehen|
||The politics of learning languages in South African society||Neville Alexander discusses his role in English language planning in South Africa.||10:26||Gratis||In iTunes ansehen|
|9||Why has the rise of English caused so much controversy?||English is championed as an essential tool for participation yet is criticized for causing real social harm.||13:15||Gratis||In iTunes ansehen|
||The position of English today||A panel of Linguists discuss place of English in an increasingly globalized world.||25:23||Gratis||In iTunes ansehen|
|11||English in Post colonial India||After nearly 200 years of colonial riule in India did the indigenous citizens still want the English language?||12:54||Gratis||In iTunes ansehen|
|12||English in Post colonial Singapore||In Singapore English was adopted as one of the official languages after independence to try and bring together the countries.||5:16||Gratis||In iTunes ansehen|
|13||English in Post colonial Malaysia||The position of English in Malaysia with it's ethnically diverse population is highly contraversial.||12:36||Gratis||In iTunes ansehen|
|14||English in Indian schools||In Bangalore private schools teach English whereas most state schools teach in the local dialect.||5:07||Gratis||In iTunes ansehen|
|15||Benjamin Zephaniah||Benjamin Zephaniah describes his love for the organic nature of English language.||3:24||Gratis||In iTunes ansehen|
|16||Jung Chang||Jung Chang considers the experience of growing up under Mao and how that affected her access to English.||6:44||Gratis||In iTunes ansehen|
|17||Najabulo Ndebele||Najabulo Ndebele explains as a child he was unaware that English was a bi-product of colonialism.||3:22||Gratis||In iTunes ansehen|
|18||Sindiwe Magona||Sindiwe Magona reminisces about how she couldn't decipher English as a child.||3:07||Gratis||In iTunes ansehen|
|19||Vatsala Vedantam||Vatsala Vedantam explains how the English language helped unify her family.||3:09||Gratis||In iTunes ansehen|
||Towards a global language?||Can Darwin's theories predict the future of language? Why are languages so resilient in the face of globalisation?||2:59||Gratis||In iTunes ansehen|