700 Reasons: Reason #177

Reason: 177
For the English-speaking countries themselves, the emergence of English as an international lingua franca is not an unmixed blessing. For Britain especially, it masks the effects of the loss of imperial dominance, encourages complacency and perpetuates a sense of superiority as a result of a position in unequal international communication based simply on linguistic advantage but no longer corresponding to the realities of political and economic relations
Trim, J. (1999) ‘Language education policies for the twenty-first century’ in Tosi, A., Leung, C. (eds) Rethinking Language Education: From a Monolingual to a Multilingual Perspective (London: CILT)
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Communication, Economic, social and political dimension, Equality (equal opportunities), Global English, International relations, Values