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Spread of English in Indonesia

Written By: Usree Bhattacharya on July 25, 2010 1 Comment

Check out this article in the New York Times about the spread of English among school kids in Indonesia. Money quote:

“Indonesia’s linguistic legacy is increasingly under threat as growing numbers of wealthy and upper-middle-class families shun public schools where Indonesian remains the main language but English is often taught poorly. They are turning, instead, to private schools that focus on English and devote little time, if any, to Indonesian.”

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One Response to “Spread of English in Indonesia”

  1. Afin on: 4 June 2011 at 9:46 am

    For some Indonesians, as mastery of English has become increasingly tied to social standing, Indonesian has been relegated to second-class status. In extreme cases, people take pride in speaking Indonesian poorly.

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