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English as a Lingua Franca in AseanA Multilingual Model$
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Andy Kirkpatrick

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9789888028795

Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5790/hongkong/9789888028795.001.0001

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Malaysia, Singapore, Brunei and the Philippines: Linguistic context and the role of English

Malaysia, Singapore, Brunei and the Philippines: Linguistic context and the role of English

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(p.19) 2 Malaysia, Singapore, Brunei and the Philippines: Linguistic context and the role of English
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English as a Lingua Franca in Asean
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Andy Kirkpatrick

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Hong Kong University Press
DOI:10.5790/hongkong/9789888028795.003.0002

This chapter provides a historical description and comparison of the role of the English language in members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) that were previously colonies of English-speaking empires including Brunei, Malaysia, and the Philippines. It suggests that the major motivation for language-education policies in Malaysia has been ethnicity and race, while the major motivation in the Philippines has been class. In all countries discussed, the need to modernize acted as a power motivator for English.

Keywords:   ASEAN countries, English language, Brunei, Malaysia, Philippines, language education, ethnicity, race, social class, modernization

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