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9 - English as a Language of Education in Asia

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  15 October 2020

Andy Kirkpatrick
Affiliation:
Griffith University, Queensland
Wang Lixun
Affiliation:
Education University of Hong Kong
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Chapter 9 will consider the role of English as a language of education across the region, including brief reviews of its role in primary, secondary and higher education in selected settings. It will review and critically consider language education policies that have been adopted in a range of Asian countries. The second half of the chapter will turn to a review and critical discussion of the increasing use of English as the medium of instruction in higher education across universities in the region. The chapter will conclude by arguing that language education policies need to be considered holistically and be coherent from primary to tertiary education. Otherwise there is a danger of English replacing local languages as languages of education and scholarship.

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Print publication year: 2020

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