Language Matters

Kathleen Stein Smith, Ph.D

How Teaching in English Divides the Arab World

“New private colleges that teach in English are popping up, while public universities have made English the language of instruction for certain fields — particularly scientific ones — or sometimes on the whole campus.

But the enthusiasm for English isn’t universal. Skeptics note that switching to English does not solve all the underlying problems of troubled educational systems. Some see the turn away from their native language as a threat to Arab identity. Others worry that English-language education exacerbates the divide between the haves and have-nots.”

Read more in the Chronicle of Higher Education, June 8, 2015.  Subscription only.

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