Ever wonder if the spread of English globally is helping those in non-English speaking countries or hurting them? In a review of the recently published book Why English? Confronting the Hydra, the Financial Times looks at the question of education in English and whether it is yielding positive results. In the book, scholars and English teachers examine the methods of instruction around the world and point to research showing that while early second language learning and eventual bilingualism in native language and English can clearly have a positive impact on children, a focus on instruction only in English and not the child's native language can have a negative affect on learning and literacy. Read the full article here.
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