Sunday, 8 January 2012

English Language - Dreams and Reality

Dreams and Realities: Developing Countries and the English Language
Global demand for English is continuing to grow. Governments increasingly recognise the importance of English to their economies and societies, and individuals see English as a tool that can help them to fulfil their personal aspirations. However, there are complex issues and challenges associated with this scenario. This volume draws together a range of voices from around the world, addressing issues such as:
  • the perceptions of individuals and communities of the role and benefits of English
  • language policy and the introduction of effective change in education systems
  • the use of the mother tongue or English, as a medium of education
  • the role of 'local Englishes' and their use alongside global standard English
  • equity: the widening of access to English
  • the contribution of English to national and international development
  • the role and challenges of English in 'fragile' situations.

Edited by Hywel Coleman

You can download the papers individually below, or as the complete book. The papers in this volume will also be available to buy at
Dreams and Realities: the complete book4.21 MB
1. Developing countries and the English language: Rhetoric, risks, roles and recommendations145.55 KB
2. Challenges for language policy, language and development176.69 KB
3. Language policy, politics and development in Africa185.19 KB
4. Language policy in education and the role of English in India: From library language to language of empowerment310.25 KB
5. Allocating resources for English: The case of Indonesia’s English medium International Standard Schools251.1 KB
6. English education, local languages and community perspectives in Uganda235.34 KB
7. Student perceptions of English as a developmental tool in Cameroon246.85 KB
8. English language in Africa: An impediment or a contributor to development?217.94 KB
9. A ‘Matthew Effect’ in English language education in a developing country context237.82 KB
10. Language and migration: The social and economic benefits of learning English in Pakistan211.77 KB
11. English and development in Eritrea204.34 KB
12 The discourse of ‘English as a language for international development’: Policy assumptions and practical challenges205.98 KB
13. More than just ‘technology’: English language teaching initiatives as complex educational changes218.03 KB
14. English as the language for development in Pakistan: Issues, challenges and possible solutions234.85 KB
15. English as a tool for conflict transformation721.98 KB
16. English language teaching in fragile states: Justifying action, promoting success and combating hegemony281.2 KB