It seems that this phenomenon ofEIL, the adoption and ownership of English by formally non-English speakingsocieties, is a major switch in the role of EIL from its former repressiverole, to one that offers possibilities for EIL being used in a liberatingsense.
Nigerian writers,he says, write in English not because they were victims of culturalimperialism, but because the writers have chosen to write in English, in that:
The language must shed its garb of ‘purity’ and submit itself to the inevitablebuffets and billows in the Nigerian environment…English must learn to live witha peculiarly Nigerian accent.
Such a certificate is a useful credential for students who seek to apply to competitive graduate programs, in English or History in particular. It should help students who apply for prestigious fellowships to study in the U.K. (e.g. Rhodes, Gates, and Marshall), as well as students who intend to go on for further study in U.S. institutions with British Studies programs. Other students will find the certificate useful in preparation for professional study in international law or for careers with international firms.
However, the extent of this shared contact is small, even in Malaysia where,according to Kennedy (2001, 96) there is an ‘interesting role for internationalEnglish in that it provided a way of linking nations not sharing the same firstlanguage but sharing common religious beliefs’, the fact remains, as Kennedystresses, that counter-imbalance forces are happening very slowly, and do notaffect the overall influence from the center to the periphery in the worldtoday.
“UGA was my No. 1 school. I looked into some other options to pursue athletics, but I couldn’t find anything with the rich history of a town like Athens and the elevated academics of UGA. The English and education departments at Georgia both impressed me and motivated me to attend UGA.”
The study of English involves learning about language, history, usage, and the shifting cultural contexts within the English-speaking world. The English Department at the University of Georgia is a diverse scholarly community of over 40 faculty and 600 undergraduates who are committed to preserving, transmitting, and extending the rich cultural legacy of the English language. At the core of this mission lies the complex skills of reading and writing which help to develop critical and creative thinking, articulate self-expression, and a broad knowledge of literature.
First, a little history. The English language is derived from two main sources. One is Latin, the florid language of ancient Rome. The other is Anglo-Saxon, the plain languages of England and northern Europe. The words derived from Latin are the enemy—they will strangle and suffocate everything you write. The Anglo-Saxon words will set you free.
I knew I would enjoy that, and I have—I’ve been doing it ever since. I’m the doctor that students get sent to see if they have a writing problem that their professor thinks I can fix. As a bonus, I’ve made many friends—from Uganda, Uzbekhistan, India, Ethiopia, Thailand, Iraq, Nigeria, Poland, China, Colombia and many other countries. Several young Asian women, when they went back home, sent me invitations to their weddings. I never made it to Bhutan or Korea, but I did see the wedding pictures. Such beautiful brides!
s global communication expands throughout the world, so does the need for a global language. A language that is recognized and understood by people everywhere. In many parts of the world that language has been established, English. In most countries around the globe the English language can be found in some form or another, whether it be an international news broadcast, such as CNN, or a Chicago Bulls tee-shirt. "What centuries of British colonialism and decades of Esperanto couldnt do, a few years of free trade, MTV, and the Internet has. English dominates international business, politics, and culture more than any other language in human history." (Rohde) For this world to be truly global, there must be some commonality or ease of communication. "If trade and tourism around the world are going to operate and a global economy function and a global culture flourish, a widely shared, reasonably accessible language is requisite." (Stevenson)
" global economic and political structure needs a common tongue." (Stevenson) Everyone has their own reasons for the rise of English as the global language. However, there are some common traits between them. Here are just a few samples of what people are saying: "Experts attribute the worldwide spread of English to British colonialism and American culture, rather than to the inherent qualities of the language...English is dominating the globe today because, when the sun finally set on the British Empire at the end of World War II, the United States emerged as a global superpower and cultural giant, leading the way in medical research, technological innovation, motion pictures and rock n roll." (Rezendes) "In the 17th and 18th centuries, English was the language of the leading colonial nation - Britain. In the 18th and 19th centuries, it was the language of the leader of the industrial revolution - also Britain. In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, it was the language of the leading economic power - the US." (Guardian) "Experts say the simultaneous rise of the US as a military and technological superpower and the receding of the British empire gave many in the world both the desire and option to choose American English." (Campbell) As you can see, there are many reasons associated with the rise of English as a global language. Most people agree that it has something to do with the emergence of the United States as a world superpower. The US has worked hard to reach the level of achievement and cultural clout that it has today, but in no way wishes to wipe out all other world cultures. The important thing to remember is: "A language becomes an international language for one chief reason: the political power of its people - especially their military power." (Guardian)
t is estimated that "the number of native English speakers is 300 million to 450 million." (Stevenson) More than one billion people are believed to speak some form of English. (Rohde, Campbell, Guardian, Economist, Rezendes) Although the numbers vary, it is widely accepted that hundreds of millions of people around the world speak English, whether as a native, second or a foreign language. English, in some form, has become the native or unofficial language of a majority of the countries around the world today. "In 20 to 30 countries around the world, English is merging with native languages to create hybrid Englishes." (Rohde)
t is widely believed that "English is truly the world language." (Stevenson) English seems to be emerging, if it has not already arrived, as a global language. If this were to become official it would reduce the number of mis-translations. It would make communication across cultures much easier. Language may be a cornerstone of culture, but the culture itself would not have to disappear if English were used as a second or third language for the pure purpose of communicating globally. "English is the only language used in international air traffic control and is virtually the only language of a whole range of other activities from scientific research to pop music." (Stevenson) English may not be the best choice, but it is the obvious choice, for an international language. Whether we like it or not, the English language is becoming the global language.
lease continue on to to find out how English is used on the World Wide Web.
The curriculum concentrates on the history and theory of film as an art form, exploring the medium through courses in several fields including comparative literature, English, Romance languages, and Germanic and Slavic languages. Additional courses are available that deal with acting, directing, and writing for the camera.