As we have previously discussed, it is important to celebrate–not merely tolerate–diversity in the classroom, which most readily applies to teachings of the English language. This idea, though, was neglected in all of the readings for this week, as speakers of other native languages were essentially taught to be ashamed of their own language and culture. These readings, then, have seemingly exemplified the idea that the implementation of a global language holds various negative attributes. Is there anything that we, as future teachers, can do to help change the situations in places like India and Kenya? Have these readings furthered your beliefs about what a global language would do to the world? Have your opinions changed? And finally, if you think that this can all be related to Webster’s radical proposals regarding the English language, take note of that here.
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