Englishisation through English As Lingua Franca: The Cultural Politics of Literacy in Transnational Higher Education
The globalisation literature highlights the significance of the international flow of ideas and knowledge, the tighter economic integration of countries through the increased flow of goods, services, capital, and labor, and the transnational mobility of learners and academics. (Stiglitz, 2006). However, the impact of cultural globalization this is seen to be uneven and complex with expected ruptures and disjunctures (Appadurai, 1993). In this paper, I am exploring the notion of cultural Englishisation in terms of the perceptions and ground level experiences of multilingual students in the education and development context of the global South. This paper reports a research study which is undertaken through a ethnographic study. The focus here is on capturing the diversity of transnational student voices and discourses around varieties of English in terms of their vitality and investment values as cultural commodities in academic, employment and social contexts. Through a critical analysis of these discourses, wider issues on the uses, values and consequences of cultural Englishisation in the life of students in Higher Education, both domestic and international are raised. This would perhaps, provide an important point of departure for policy and strategies in Transnational Higher Education including what would be seen as a reflective framework around the cultural politics of English language use in knowledge production.
Keywords: Globalisation, Cultural Englishisation, Global South, Transnational Higher Education
Dr. Yew Lie Koo
Associate Professor, School of Language Studies and Linguistics, National University of Malaysia