LINGUISTICS & CULTURE
|Data:||11/JAN/2006 10:55 PM|
|Assunto:||The level playing field language|
What are your thoughts on English being the level playing field language in the world today?
As English becomes more and more of a global language, does it benefit or hurt the masses of people who for manifold reasons may not be able to afford (literally) learning English?
I'm aware that the tuition for the 'cursinhos' aren't cheap or even affordable for some people.
Specifically, in the Brasilian case, does the dissemination of English and its subsequent attached importance, help or hinder the masses? Say, hypothetically, if a significant amount of 'favelados' master the English language, would that empower them to the point where they would move up the social latter and equal (socially) the moneyed classes by virtue of being proficient in English?
Please enlighten me by giving your 2 cents. They'd be appreciated.
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