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English as a Lingua Franca in Asean: A Multilingual Model

Andy Kirkpatrick


The lingua franca role of English, coupled with its status as the official language of ASEAN, has important implications for language policy and language education. These include the relationship between English, the respective national languages of ASEAN, and thousands of local languages. How can the demand for English be balanced against the need for people to acquire their national language and mother tongue? While many will also need a regional lingua franca, they are learning English as the first foreign language from primary school in all ASEAN countries. Might not this early introductio ... More

Keywords: lingua franca, English, official language, ASEAN, language policy, language education, national languages, local languages

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9789888028795
Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: September 2011 DOI:10.5790/hongkong/9789888028795.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Andy Kirkpatrick, author
Chair Professor of English as an International Language at the Hong Kong Institute of Education and Director of the Institute's Research Centre into Language Education and Acquisition in Multilingual Societies