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|Other Titles:||English as a Global Language and its Effects on Taiwan's English Education|
Department of English, NTNU
Nearly a quarter of the world population now uses English as a means of communication, far greater than the number of native speakers of English. The. unparalleled spread of English around the world is having a marked impact on Taiwan's English education. However, people in Taiwan often have conf1icting attitudes toward the globalization of English and how English should be taught in the local context. Thus, the aim of this article is to decons1ruct the myth of Standard English, to recognize the fact that no culture or nation can have a rightful claim to the ownership of English, and finally toidentify the advantages for local students of having both foreign and Taiwanese teachers to meet their specific leaming needs as well as to expand their global views. English nowadays has developed many new varieties in different areas for people to express their national and cultural identities. The emergence of English as a dominant intemationallanguage has actually led to the fragment and nativization of various English varieties. In order to be successfully integrated into the intemational community, Taiwan's govemment has already proposed to make English as a quasi-official language in the near future. However, it may take a long time to really implement the new language policy.
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