English: Language of controversy - for iPad/Mac/PC

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Is English a force for good? What have been the ramifications of this languageā€™s dominance in ex colonies and also throughout the world?
We debate how local languages have suffered as a result of the spread of English and investigate the consequences of its influence on indigenous communities. Language campaigner Neville Alexander provides a South African perspective on the negative aspects of a language when it begins to represent economic and political power and a panel of linguists debate some of the controversies caused by English and whether they believe it still has a future.


This material forms part of The Open University course U214 Worlds of English.

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Title: Transcript -- The position of English today

Language choice in South Africa

August 11th, 2011

Neville Alexander explains how his experience in Robben Island turned him into a campaigner for language rights. Go to Episode

Transcript -- Language choice in South Africa

August 11th, 2011

Transcript -- Neville Alexander explains how his experience in Robben Island turned him into a campaigner for language rights. Go to Episode

The politics of learning languages in South African society

August 11th, 2011

Neville Alexander discusses his role in English language planning in South Africa. Go to Episode

Transcript -- The politics of learning languages in South African society

August 11th, 2011

Transcript -- Neville Alexander discusses his role in English language planning in South Africa. Go to Episode