Thursday, May 8, 2014

Is living in an English-speaking country a curse? « @GdnHigherEd

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English is now the only serious global scientific language, says Peter Scott. The global spread of English has boosted the success of UK science, and has also helped to recruit international students to UK universities. But living in an English-speaking country is also a curse, Scott argues. 

Academics and students who speak only English are denied access to writing in other cultures, leading to a "narrowing of perspectives and creative possibilities." Is Scott right? Or is English so universal that we don't need to worry? Tweet us your views @gdnhighered.

Thanks to everyone who took part in our mental health survey of academics. Keep an eye out for the results, which we'll be publishing this week.

Kim Thomas
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