[Edling] White Paper: The Impact of Multilingualism on Global Education and Language Learning

Francis Hult francis.hult at englund.lu.se
Sat Sep 30 12:23:35 EDT 2017

A Cambridge English Language Assessment

The Impact of Multilingualism on Global Education and Language Learning

We live in a multilingual world. English serves as the lingua franca for education,
trade and employment, and is an essential skill for anyone wanting to succeed
professionally or academically in the 21st century. English offers enormous
opportunities, and language policy rightly focuses on how to give more equitable
access to high levels of English language proficiency so that these opportunities
can be inclusive rather than exclusive, open to all socio-economic groups. But
English is not enough.

Properly managed language policy can help to ensure that English can be taught
effectively and incorporated into society without having a negative effect on the first
language, culture and local identity of the learners of English.

Full paper:

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