English And English Linguistic Imperialism

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In contemporary society, there is an increasing number of people speaking English and there has been much discussion on the issue of whether English users are the victims of linguistic imperialism. Historically, English was regarded as a lingua franca and it has the same function nowadays (Kachru, 1985, cited in Jenkins, 2014). In addition, linguistic imperialism is related to English in this essay. Although English users could profit from the spread of English and ‘English linguistic imperialism’ indeed brings some advantages, some others still hold the view that English users are victims of this trend to some extent. This essay will demonstrate that in spite of the risks of speaking English cannot be ignored, there are also several benefits brought out by ‘English linguistic imperialism’. In other words, this essay will show that English users are not victims of English linguistic imperialism to some extent.

One of the main reasons which interprets globalisation of English is advantageous is English providing some opportunities for international students. According to Bolton (2011), the significance of globalisation of English cannot be neglected. Meantime, the growth of English medium instruction is rapid, which is possibly the main driving force behind ELF. That is to say, it seems that English is important in the teaching process, especially in universities. For example, Jenkins (2014) suggests that a plenty of international students could communicate with each other…
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