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The paper Languages in Contemporary Anglophone Caribbean Societies examines how language is treated in Jamaica and other Anglophone Caribbean societies and the effects of a haphazard approach to language planning on the social dynamics of the society as well as the individual. It briefly explores how Language is handled in Francophone or Spanish-speaking environments and suggests a systemic approach to language planning where the centrality of language to the social and physical aspects of development is advanced as the starting point to such planning. The importance of language to every aspect of social experiences and the effect of media practices in changing attitudes in the use of Creole versus Standard English further amplifies the need for clear Language planning in Anglophone Caribbean societies. The discourse of students from Creole-speaking environments is used as a referent point in analyzing the pedagogical concerns and directions in terms of planning a viable language curriculum for Jamaican High Schools and Anglophone Caribbean societies.

Descriptors: English (Second Language), Foreign Countries, Speech Communication, Language Planning, Standard Spoken Usage, Creoles, Sociolinguistics, Second Language Programs

Author: Davids, Melva P.


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