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The College of New Jersey English Language Instruction: The Nepali Educational System Kelsey Wolff Linguistics 371: World Englishes Felicia Jean Steele March 23, 2015 The necessity for a global language has always existed to break down the barriers between nations and for communication to create a sense of a global community. English is quickly filling that niche, and instruction in English as a second language is expanding worldwide to places such as Nepal. Nepal is a land locked country located in Southern Asia bordered by China in the north and India in the south, east, and west with varying geographical areas, from high mountains to low lying plains (Weinberg, 61). The implementation of the instruction of English…show more content…
Although there have been some educational policies passed to enforce the study of English, the establishment of English as a second language in Nepal has been limited due to resource shortages, poor training of teachers, and the prevalence of varying local mother languages, which makes instruction in English difficult. Additionally, English has created a rift between the social classes as good English language education is usually only available to those students who come from an influential family. For these reasons, as opposed to being treated as a second language, English is still treated as foreign language in Nepal. The country of Nepal is home to approximately twenty seven million people, with ninety two different identified languages spread across the numerous ethnic groups. About eighty seven percent of the country’s population speak one of the five major languages: Nepali, Maithili, Bhojpuri, Tharu, and Tamang (Weinberg, 62). However, Nepali is spoken as a primary language by about half of the total population. Out of the ninety two identified languages, fifty nine each have less than ten thousand speakers (Bista, 2). The total population speaking these fifty nine languages is about point five percent, with the majority of these non-dominant languages in danger of becoming extinct because of the declining population of speakers (Ghimire, 1). Additionally, the language of Nepali is used in legal affairs, business transactions, mass media,
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