The Dilemma of English
International Higher Education

Winter Issue No. 100 (2020)
No. 100 Winter Issue 2020
The Dilemma of English

Philip G. Altbach and Hans de Wit

English is and will remain the key global scientific language and an important language of instruction for the foreseeable future. Yet, at the same time, a worldwide debate is emerging about the role of English and about the role of languages in general in higher education. There are no easy solutions to what some call “English imperialism.” Understanding all the implications and the costs and benefits of the use of another language is crucial, and decision makers bear a heavy responsibility in doing so.

English; foreign languages; language of instruction; scientific language; colonial languages

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