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English in SingaporeModernity and Management$
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Lisa Lim, Anne Pakir, and Lionel Wee

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9789888028436

Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5790/hongkong/9789888028436.001.0001

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The Speak Good English Movement: A web-user’s perspective

The Speak Good English Movement: A web-user’s perspective

(p.90) (p.91) 4 The Speak Good English Movement: A web-user’s perspective
English in Singapore

Paul Bruthiaux

Hong Kong University Press

This chapter examines the policy goals and principal activities of the Speak Good English Movement (SGEM) in Singapore. The findings suggests that this campaign is in conflict with the simultaneous encouragement of critical skills and informed choice and contends that it is an outdated attempt to perpetuate increasingly irrelevant postcolonial preoccupations with exogenous standards. This chapter argues that the campaign betrays a profound misunderstanding of the nature of language variation and of the dynamics of language in use across a range of social settings and proposes than an appropriate policy approach should abandon the misconceived and ineffectual effort to campaign Singlish out of existence.

Keywords:   SGEM, language policy, Singapore, informed choice, language variation, Singlish

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