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Effect of ASEAN 2015 Integration on Teaching Prospects

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  • Effect of ASEAN 2015 Integration on Teaching Prospects

    I've just learned about the bare bones of this agreement, but the gist of the changes two years from now is that the ASEAN nations will enter into a single market, a la the EU or NAFTA, with tariffs being eliminated.

    Part of these standardizations will incorporate standardizing higher education requirements and certifications, if not local labor laws about foreigners teaching in these lands.

    Frankly, as highly nationalistic as I know Indonesians to be, I surprised they would enter into such an agreement.

    That said, regional integration will lead to a need for a lingua franca between these nations. Historically speaking, it was a similar need that lead to the development of BHS Indonesia in the first place a couple hundred years ago as a trade language common to the peoples of the archipelago. In ASEAN, despite its familiarity in Malaysia, Brunei and even the Philippines, Indonesian won't be the common language of this new economic community.

    It's going to be English.

    So, going forward, do you think English education will gain even more importance not as just a means to communicate to the West, but as a common language amongst the ASEAN community of Thailand, Vietnam and others?
    Last edited by Joko MacKenna; 23-01-13, 15:19.

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    Originally posted by Joko MacKenna View Post
    do you think English education will gain even more importance not as just a means to communicate to the West, but as a common language amongst the ASEAN community of Thailand, Vietnam and others?
    There was a small media buzz late last year about the ministry of education trying to remove English from the primary school curriculum: http://id.berita.yahoo.com/hapus-bah...084449309.html

    But in general no change. English remains important for obvious reasons, but regional cooperative agreements won't change the linguistic landscape for the man on the street. And any Indonesian already involved in international relations/economics already has a decent command of English.
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