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Jakarta Post

Revisiting globalization of English

  • Wawan Gunawan

Amherst, Massachusetts   /   Sat, September 26 2009   /  12:06 pm

When Indonesians start to learn English they will face two canonical forms of English: American English or British English. Although Australian English exists, the trend is more influenced by English on television or other media dominantly of American or British language and culture. English courses with the platform of American and British English in Indonesia once mushroomed and became a commodity for foreign language education business. Until recently, many English learners have been obsessed with a model of American or British English. Almost certainly, learners will fail to speak English like British or American English speakers reflecting on how hard it is to speak like other people and due to a hazy definition of what British or American English is today. Indonesians reportedly have different length of tongue and other organs in oral cavities from other people in t...