English, Education, and Globalisation: A Bangladesh Perspective

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Authors:
Mohammad Akteruzzaman, Sheikh Fazilatunnesa Mujib University, Bangladesh
Rakibul Islam, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Science and Technology University, Bangladesh
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Published: March 1, 2017
https://doi.org/10.22492/ije.5.1.10

Citation: Akteruzzaman, M., & Islam, R. (2017). English, Education, and Globalisation: A Bangladesh Perspective. IAFOR Journal of Education, 5(1). https://doi.org/10.22492/ije.5.1.10


Abstract

As a third world country and a former British colony, Bangladesh has seen a dramatic upsurge in the use of the English language. Built on the concept of imperialistic aspects of the English language, this paper draws on responses from anonymous survey results and interviews and attempts to provide deeper insights into the global aspects of English as a language and the credibility of this language in the minds of the populace. This paper assesses the English language as a feature of globalization where English is considered to be of the utmost value. Questionnaires were designed and interviews were arranged to evaluate the commercial and linguistic aspects of English in Bangladesh to reach a conclusion whether the mass perceives this very language as it should be or there are any other economic and cultural aspects. The findings were presented graphically and the study showed that English fails to meet the expectations of the stakeholders and policy makers of Bangladesh. The paper concludes with some recommendations that could help resolve the situation and present English to the people in a better light.

Keywords

linguistic imperialism, English as a global language, language contact, bilingual education