The dominance of the English language around the world dates back to the era of British colonialism. English spread across the globe as a consequence of the British Empire and was often imposed on countries as a result of colonialism. But what is the attitude of post-colonial countries to the language now? And how has the legacy of colonialism affected the way that English exists around the world? The short films in this collection examine the roles and attitudes towards English in various postcolonial countries.
This material forms part of The Open University course U214 Worlds of English.
“I was expecting this to be a lecture about post-colonial English in India (this is iTunes U and a presentation by the Open University after all) but it turned out to be a documentary. It's not an academic look at English in the least bit but more like something you'd see in a news feature.”
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