Language teacher says don’t insist on English!
“English is big business and languages are dying as never before. Is there a connection? Is this another manifestation of McDonaldisation – the undesirable face of globalization? Do we want to lose the variety of languages and all the rich culture that comes with them?”
Longtime English teacher Patricia Ryan 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 (Test of English as a Foreign Language)? Ryan offers a passionate defense of translating and sharing ideas.
Ryan has spent the past three-plus decades teaching English in Arabic countries — where she has seen vast cultural (and linguistic) change. UK-born, she has spent most of the past 40 years teaching English in the countries of the Arabian Gulf. She is currently teaching at Zayed University in Dubai, and studying for a second Masters degree in Law.