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Postcolonial English: Track 1

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The dominance of the English language around the world dates back to the era of British colonialism. English spread across the globe as a consequence of the British Empire and was often imposed on countries as a result of colonialism. But what is the attitude of post-colonial countries to the language now? And how has the legacy of colonialism affected the way that English exists around the world? The short films in this collection examine the roles and attitudes towards English in various postcolonial countries. This material forms part of The Open University course U214 Worlds of English.

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  • Duration 35 mins
  • Updated Wednesday 6th July 2011
  • Intermediate level
  • Posted under English Language
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Track 1: English in Post colonial India

After nearly 200 years of colonial riule in India did the indigenous citizens still want the English language?


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Tracks in this podcast:

Track   Title Description
1 English in Post colonial India    After nearly 200 years of colonial riule in India did the indigenous citizens still want the English language? Play now English in Post colonial India
2 English in Post colonial Singapore    In Singapore English was adopted as one of the official languages after independence to try and bring together the countries. Play now English in Post colonial Singapore
3 English in Post colonial Malaysia    The position of English in Malaysia with it's ethnically diverse population is highly contraversial. Play now English in Post colonial Malaysia

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