Vigo International Journal of Applied Linguistics VIAL
Paula González Fernández(1): Linguistic imperialism in the ELT profession? VIAL. Number 1/2004: 113-150.
During the last decade, the notion of Linguistic Imperialism has raised
an important debate in the academic circles,with all the various issues
it involves. Nevertheless, the opinions of those who actually speak
English are very rarely taken into consideration. Furthermore, the
different that the notion of Linguistic Imperialism has, and all the
various issues mentioned in the scholarly debate, do not seem to reach
far beyond the academic spheres. In this article, the perceptions of
Linguistic Imperialism by speakers of English as a Second and Foreign
Language are analysed, in order to find out whether they are aware of
the various aspects that speaking English implies, according to the
scholars. It is claimed that many changes should be considered in order
to avoid the discrimination caused by English as an International
Language. This implies, among other things, a better defence of
Linguistic human Rights and a revision of many principles which are
being applied in the ELT profession.
(1) Universidad de Oviedo, Spain and Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium.
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