700 Reasons: Reason #438

Reason: 438
In any communicative interaction where one person is speaking his or her native language, and the other is using that language as a second or additional language (fairly typical of the linguistic encounters of native speakers of English with speakers of other languages), the former have a huge advantage over the latter. This fundamental inequity in the linguistic interactions between native speakers and non-native speakers is both powerful and problematic..this type of linguistic inequity is by no means eliminated by language study, but the process of language study may at least make the former speaker more aware of and sensitive to his or her dominance of the communicative interaction
Reagan, T. (2004) 'Don't know much about the French I took' in Arts and Humanities in Higher Education, Volume 3 (2), pp. 229-239
Related Keywords:
Communication, Equality (equal opportunities), Global English, Values