Why do we insist on English?
English as a global Language?
Patricia Ryan, an English teacher who has spent a long time teaching in the gulf, asks a provocative question:
Is the world’s focus on English preventing the spread of great ideas in other languages? (For instance: what if Einstein had to pass the TOEFL?)
Patricia is a passionate defender of translating and sharing ideas. She is not against teaching English but against using it as a barrier. What if English is preventing the emergence of original ideas?
Insisting on English as an international language of research may, according to Patricia, stem the proliferation of new ideas in other languages. She suggests that translation should be encouraged in non-native English speakers to create cultural diversity.