Internationalization or Englishization: Medium of instruction in today's universities

Thomas Andrew KIRKPATRICK

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Abstract

In this paper, I shall first review the rapidly increasing role(s) English is playing in higher education in both Europe and Asia, and argue that the shift to English is threatening the role and status of other languages, and scholarship in languages other than English. In this sense, internationalization may actually be inimical to cultural diversity and the fostering of civic and intercultural awareness, needs that are essential for higher education in today’s world. I shall conclude by arguing that universities, including those in Hong Kong, need to adopt some form of bilingual policy as an integral part of their internationalization platforms in order to protect the local language(s) and scholarship written in the local language(s). Copyright © 2011 Centre for Governance and Citizenship, The Hong Kong Institute of Education.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherCentre for Governance and Citizenship, The Hong Kong Institute of Education
Publication statusPublished - 2011

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internationalization
instruction
university
language
Hong Kong
education
cultural diversity
citizenship
governance

Citation

Kirkpatrick, A. (2011). Internationalization or Englishization: Medium of instruction in today's universities. Hong Kong: Centre for Governance and Citizenship, The Hong Kong Institute of Education.

Keywords

  • English language
  • Influence
  • Education, bilingual