Analysing perceptions of English in rural Bangladesh

Seargeant, Philip; Erling, Elizabeth J.; Solly, Mike; Chowdhury, Qumrul Hasan and Rahman, Sayeedur (2017). Analysing perceptions of English in rural Bangladesh. World Englishes, 36(4) pp. 631–644.



Drawing on research analysing perceptions of English in rural Bangladesh, the paper explores the ideological and practical issues involved in the promotion of English in this context, with respect to the language's former and current associations with colonial and imperialist agendas, and the politico-cultural situation of present-day Bangladeshi society. The analysis – which is underpinned by a blending of world Englishes and postcolonial theory – reveals how dominant discourses of English as a language of global opportunity persist in these rural communities, despite the limited opportunities for using the language or developing proficiency in it. By representing these ‘subaltern’ views on English in what is an under-researched context, the paper offers critical insights into the impact of English-language education on rural Bangladeshis’ social prospects, communities and cultural identities.

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