May 25, 2015 -- Dr Stephanie Pillai: The Re-colonization of English Language Education: The Case of Malaysia

posted Jul 12, 2015, 9:03 PM by Hamamatsu JALT   [ updated Jul 12, 2015, 9:29 PM ]

Dr Pillai walked us through the labyrinthian complexities of the Malaysian educational system that sometiimes seemed to defy logic. Seemingly never-ending vacillating government policies have once again resulted in competent English language instruction being the domain of private schools, and therefore a prerogative of those who can afford them. Seeing as English ability is instrumental in gaining high status employment in Malaysia, its possession acts as a gatekeeping tool, creating and maintaining disparities among the strata of society. The current state of English language education has come a full circle whereby those with the opportunity to attain it are a minority, yet hold economic and social positions of power.