Is Standard English Causing Deculturation in Singapore? According to the Singapore Department of

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Is Standard English Causing Deculturation in Singapore? According to the Singapore Department of Statistics, the literacy rates in Singapore have improved drastically over the past decades, in tandem with the creation of compulsory education children in Singapore for primary level and the increase in courses available for Singapore citizens to enroll in to upgrade their education level (2014). The increase in literate citizens of Singapore can be seen among the resident population aged fifteen years and over rising since the year 1990 to the year 2000, where there was a significant increase from 89 percent to 93 percent. And in the previous year 2013, the percentage for literate resident population aged fifteen years and over has a…show more content…
However, the decrease in ability of Singaporeans (citizens of Singapore) in being as fluent in their native language has been seen to be interrelated to their increase in ability to converse and write in English (Department of Statistics Singapore, 2000), a key sign of linguistic deculturation taking place. In today’s society, education and being fluent in economic and trade language has become the yard stick for success; especially so in Singapore where her trade language is Standard English. The importance of being fluent in Standard English is increasingly latent in eminence and prominence as Singapore progresses as a country; to the extent where citizens of Singapore are gradually leaning into language loss and deculturation of their own native languages. Attention to the severity in language loss and the possibility of deculturation of the nation as a whole has similarly increased over the years, alongside the inflating rates of Singapore citizens being fluent in the first language of the country – English. The evolution in the importance of language since Singapore becoming of a nation can be seen via campaigns and education Singapore has implemented in an attempt to bring linguistic capability to the resident population. This paper will provide a theoretical foundation

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