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Summary of the Grin Report in English. [Copy link] 中文

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Post time 2006-3-19 15:33:18 |Display all floors
http://www.vanguardonline.f9.co.uk/0602PTBL.htm

Unfortunately, the report, originally written in french, is not yet available in english, but you can find its summary in the site above.

It's presented by the Swiss professor of education, Francois Grin, and deals with the economic costs of English language hegemony for the European Union and strategies to reduce these costs. Among the strategies presented and their relative advantages are:

1. Officializing English (i.e., adopting a policy similar to China's which would no longer allow european middle school students to choose what foreign language they want to elarn, but rather have englsih dictated to them by the state).  This one is presented as among the two most expensive options, and also providing an unfair economic subsidy to the UK to the sum of  17 to 18 billion Euros yearly!

2. Various forms of multi-lingualism. The current form is liberal multilingualism (i.e., the school is free to choose its second language), but this has a disadvantage in that most schools would choose english int he end, with the movement towards English hegemony continuing to the end. Another alternative would be a system in which the government would regulate multi-lingualism so as to prevent all schools to choose english, which would naturally mean more regulation and fewer options for students, with the government sometimes forcing schools to choose a language other than English.  While this system would spread the economic costs among many nations, thus requiring the UK to share some of the burden likewise, it would also lead to instability (due to the lack of a common Europan language) and no reduction in the overall costs.

3. Esperantism.  While this doesn't necessaily mean espernto per se, it does suggest some kind of easy-to-learn (which would suggest most likely a planned as opposed to an ethnic) common language.  this one would reduce the overall costs for the EU, with everyone benefitting economically, but also recognising tremendous political opposition among those who might stand to lose the most from such a move (namely, the linguistic elites who are currently profitting from the current economic inefficiencies of the current system).

Definitely worth a read.

And if you can read french, I'd recommend you glance at the original complete report:

satamikarohm.free.fr/IMG/pdf/G1-Grinraporto-2.pdf
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Post time 2006-3-20 18:42:31 |Display all floors

I accept your recommend.

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Post time 2006-3-20 20:10:19 |Display all floors
Originally posted by jgongliang at 2006-3-20 18:42
Your frankly and kind-hearted recommend is useful,God bless you.


My pleasure; and God bless.
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Post time 2006-3-20 20:38:49 |Display all floors

Thanks, Tianyuanedu

Your recommendation is really nice and helpful.

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Post time 2006-3-20 20:57:28 |Display all floors

http://www.bowks.net/worldlang/aux/b_MinPubInst.html

This official decree of the Italian Ministry of Public Instruction, presented in 1993, might be of interest likewise.
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Post time 2010-3-27 17:55:57 |Display all floors
So..... there are huge economic losses to learning English but not to learning an artificial language which is native to no one and spoken by no one as yet?
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