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Materias : 570107 Lengua y literatura550510 Filología

Fecha de publicación : 1997

Fecha de depósito: 15-dic-2010

Tipo de documento: Artículo

En : LFE. Revista de lenguas para fines específicos. Las Palmas de Gran Canaria: Universidad de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, 1993-.- ISSN 1133-1127.- n. 4, 1997, p. 79

Author: Ghim-Lian Chew, Phyllis

Source: https://acceda.ulpgc.es


Fears and Hopes: Globalization and The Teaching of The International Auxiliary Language Phyllis Ghim-Lian Chew While it is a familiar phenomenon for one language to serve as a lingua franca over a large área of many languages, for example, Sanskrit, Greek, Latín, Arable, and French, what is unusual, however, Is that never before has a single language spreadfor such purposes over most ofthe world as English has done in this century.
This article examines the fears and hopes associated with the globalization of the foremost International auxiliary language, namely English, and recounts its main implications for language teachers and the classroom. As we near the year 2000, political scientists speak of a -New World Order-.
Many dramatic changes have happened intemationally.
Who would have dreamt that the Iron Curtain would come down so quickly? The end of the Cold War and the relaxation of East-West tensions are unsettling national stabilities in several countries.
Even the United Nations is finally gaining prominence in world events.
It may be observed that with the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro in Brazil in 1992, the world moved towards a stronger acknowledgement of it global finitude.
At this point of time, it is obvious that globalism has not as yet assume transcendency since nationalism is still the banner which every country still ascribe to.
However, while global thinking is certainly not new, it is gaining recognition and acceptance.
And while nationalism has traditionally been a dominant forcé in social identity, it is losing strength.
Just as environmentalists encourage people to think globally and act locally, countries are beginning to juggle global concems with national issues. Suddenly, the rise of the big blue marble as the backdrop to televisión news, as the logo for intemational conferences, sports events and commercial enterprise is discemible in every comer.
Whether we realise it or not, it has become the icón of the age.
This world icón h...

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