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Title: The role of English as a lingua franca in institutions of higher education in Singapore
Authors: Chew, Phyllis Ghim Lian
Keywords: Higher education
Singapore
ELF
Globalization
Cultural capital
Issue Date: 2014
Citation: Chew, P. G. L. (2014). The role of English as a lingua franca in institutions of higher education in Singapore. Asian Journal of Applied Linguistics, 1(1), 28-35.
Abstract: This paper discusses the place of English as a lingua franca (ELF) in institutions of higher learning in Singapore and how the promotion of ELF in such a domain has contributed to the making of modern Singapore. It also discusses the link between ELF in higher institutions of learning and the processes of globalization. The paper is organized through the lens of Bourdieu’s (1985) concept of capital formation, not least because an economic motive stands solidly behind the existence of ELF in Singapore. More specifically, the paper focuses on the formation of “cultural capital” which refers to assets that promote social mobility, and which entails accumulated knowledge and skills, such as, educational qualifications, intellect and style of speech. The paper argues that the prominent use of ELF has played a significant role in propelling Singapore on to the world stage and enabling it to brave internationalization and globalization with relative ease.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10497/16148
ISSN: 2308-6262
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