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The final solution: Hindi has become what wonderful English once was - The Times of India

The final solution: Hindi has become what wonderful English once was - The Times of India | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it

Hindi was something people used with cops, storekeepers, autowallas, drivers, pundits (the religious rather than the TV news channel variety) and domestic helps. English was spoken — and read — to ward off any odour of downmarketness. But everyone in cities comprehends English these days. Thankfully, you could still tell them apart by how they spoke it.

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Non-native English speakers may be judged unfairly in interrogations

Non-native English speakers may be judged unfairly in interrogations | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it
Non-native English-speaking Hispanics may be viewed as lying more often when being questioned than native-speakers, according to a study by FIU psychologist
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Which English? on GamesWithWords.org

Which English? on GamesWithWords.org | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it

What countries have most influenced the way you speak? Take this test designed by MIT researchers and find out.

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What's the future of English? | British Council Voices

What's the future of English? | British Council Voices | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it
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Linguistics expert David Crystal is in Russia to give a series of lectures. At the UK-Russia Linguistic Symposium at the Russian State University for the Humanities in Moscow, he described ‘the future of Englishes’ and the evolution of global varieties of English across the world.

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Johnson: English against the machine

Johnson: English against the machine | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it

English has a reach and penetration unlike any language in history. It is now spoken by twice as many non-natives as natives, increasingly shedding its association with America and Britain. (When a Swede negotiates with a Brazilian taxi driver, or a Hungarian attends a conference in Poland, they are not thinking of American foreign policy when they pragmatically use English.) ... The effect of this, Johnson predicts, is that the lock-in English now enjoys will only get stronger. Crucially, English will begin to be taken for granted. Every child will one day get it in school (as every child in China now does). They will hear so much English in early years that acquisition of a decent fluency will be easier and easier. ...

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Computer Passes the Turing Test

Computer Passes the Turing Test | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it
The program disguised itself as a 13-year-old non-native English speaker.
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Hindi only please: Why Modi's new policy isn't about Bharatiyata

Hindi only please: Why Modi's new policy isn't about Bharatiyata | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it
Narendra Modi might become the first Indian prime minister to insist on speaking in Hindi even in diplomatic settings where others have chosen to speak in English. That decision might be a first but it should really be a non-issue.
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Myth of the bilingual Hongkonger

Myth of the bilingual Hongkonger | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it

Βecause English has been a colonial language, an international education, though always at considerable public expense, was primarily for the benefit of expatriate children - never meant for anyone who wanted it. English was taught reasonably well only at the best local schools, and the most gifted students who have benefited have gone on to serve Hong Kong well. In large part, however, the international face of Hong Kong has been built on the "bilingualism" of its colonial administrators and their top Chinese aides, each speaking mainly in their mother tongue.

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Bangladesh should embrace English

Bangladesh should embrace English | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it

IN the 1950s, an English tutorial agency placed an ad in a Japanese newspaper under the caption: “You Too Can Spoke Engrish”! These days educated Japanese men and women speak English nearly as flawlessly as the natives. So do the Chinese, the Russians and citizens of just about every other nation with an advanced economy. . .

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Are Indian Languages Ready to Replace English Online?

Are Indian Languages Ready to Replace English Online? | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it
After several false starts, vernacular Indian language content is now easier to find online, thanks to the boom in smartphones.
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Chinese parents passionate for kids' early English learning - People's Daily Online

Chinese parents passionate for kids' early English learning - People's Daily Online | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it

For many years, English has been considered one of the three most important subjects inChinese school, along with Chinese and Math. Most provinces and cities offer Englishclasses from elementary school, but the tradition of emphasizing English appears to be onthe wane. ...

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In Official Documents, Moroccan Minister Favors English Over French

In Official Documents, Moroccan Minister Favors English Over French | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it

The Minister of Parliamentary and Civil Relations El Habib Choubani used English, instead of French in the documents distributed at the closing ceremony of ...

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'Gate' named Germany's English word of the year - The Local

'Gate' named Germany's English word of the year - The Local | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it

The English suffix gate has been named Germany's Anglicism of the Year. The quirky, linguistic award honours the positive contributions English had made to . . .

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Japan's English flavors the Cup

Japan's English flavors the Cup | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it

In addition to Japan’s men’s soccer team suffering an upsetting loss in the first round of the World Cup, another disappointment occurred when a Japanese referee for the opening match between Brazil and Croatia, Yuichi Nishimura, made a controversial call. The Croatian team, which tried to protest the call, alleged after the match that Nishimura did not speak English well. The entire country of Japan, always embarrassed at their low level of English ability, surely cringed in unison. . . .

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Spanish pilots ordered to speak only English - The Local

Spanish pilots ordered to speak only English - The Local | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it
The Spanish Air Security Agency is preparing a controversial new law which will order all pilots and air traffic controllers in Spanish airspace to speak only E
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Vietnam to revise doomed multi-million dollar foreign language project

Vietnam to revise doomed multi-million dollar foreign language project | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it
Vietnam's Ministry of Education has pledged to revise its VND9.4-trillion (US$440.3 million) language training program after deeming it a failure.
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Why English Shouldn’t be the only Language of Tech - Techvibes.com

Why English Shouldn’t be the only Language of Tech - Techvibes.com | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it

While English is not the most spoken language on earth, it is arguably the most widely spoken among the world’s college-educated population. It is also, and by far, the most widely spoken language among computer programmers. As a matter of fact, regardless of where a tech event takes place, it seems that no other language but English is deemed appropriate to be used in front of an audience. I saw this pattern at play in Jordan and India, where I’ve traveled to write about these countries’ startup ecosystems.

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Map: Where Europeans speak English

Map: Where Europeans speak English | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it
English is widely spoken in northern Europe. Not so much in the south.
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Narendra Modi may join the list of world leaders who don’t want to speak English

Narendra Modi may join the list of world leaders who don’t want to speak English | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it

While the French may loathe to admit it, English has long been the accepted language of global diplomacy. 

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Includes some examples of French, German etc leaders using English.

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No more English, Modi chooses Hindi for talks with foreign leaders

No more English, Modi chooses Hindi for talks with foreign leaders | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, it appears, has taken a call to hold his diplomatic conversations in Hindi, with interpreters being deployed in almost all his meetings, including those where the dignitary on the other side speaks in English.

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Egyptian leaders’ English skills in focus | Mid-East | Saudi Gazette

Egyptian leaders’ English skills in focus | Mid-East | Saudi Gazette | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it

Want to be the president of Egypt? Well, speaking English is a job requirement you will not get very far without. . . .

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For Some Foreign Students, U.S. Education Is Losing Its Attraction

For Some Foreign Students, U.S. Education Is Losing Its Attraction | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it

After years of robust enrollment increases, graduate applications from South Korea to American colleges have dropped, raising concerns that Chinese applications may follow the trend ... Softening interest from South Korea, the third-largest supplier source of international students to the United States, could serve as a warning to American institutions that have grown to rely on tuition revenue from China, the largest source.

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Japanese Education Goes International

Japanese Education Goes International | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it
With English-language education at home and new schools abroad, Japan seeks a leadership role.
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Brazil's Cabbies Get Free English Lessons Before The World Cup

Brazil's Cabbies Get Free English Lessons Before The World Cup | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it

The 2014 FIFA World Cup finals will be held in Brazil in less than a month, which is why the country’s taxi drivers have started to brush up on their English skills. So far, 2,000 of the nation’s 40,000 cab drivers have signed up, which entitles them to three months of free lessons.

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The only way to fight Denglisch is with English - The Local

The only way to fight Denglisch is with English - The Local | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it

Sick of hearing English words being mangled by Germans what feels like all the time, expat Harald Maidstone argues they should stop dubbing films and TV shows a ...

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