The commodatization of English and the Bologna Process: Global prooducts and services, exchange mechanisma and trans-national labour

Michael Singh, Jinghe Han

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    Abstract

    As a commodity English is constituted as global products and services; facilitates various forms of exchange and is an integral aspect of the skills-base of trans-national labour. English itself is now sold in various guises by small-to-medium businesses. Further, English facilitates the exchanges necessary to effecting trade between people, including those who otherwise have no common language. Third, workers who are proficient in English enhance the trans-national trade in labour. The internationalisation of education, especially the globalisation of the Bologna Process, is playing a role in the commoditisation of English. Using evidence about teacher education, this chapter explores tensions between the desire for the Bologna Process to lower the informational barriers necessary for securing trans-national student and labour mobility, and the need to form multicultural subjects by respecting linguistic diversity. In this way it captures some of the complexities, if not the unpredictable and chaotic features of language as commodity.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationLanguage as Commodity
    Subtitle of host publicationGlobal Structures, Local Marketplaces
    EditorsPeter K W Tan, Rani Rubdy
    Place of PublicationNew York
    PublisherContinuum International Publishing Group
    Pages204-224
    Number of pages21
    Edition2nd Ed / 12
    ISBN (Print)9781847064233
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2008

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    Singh, M., & Han, J. (2008). The commodatization of English and the Bologna Process: Global prooducts and services, exchange mechanisma and trans-national labour. In P. K. W. Tan, & R. Rubdy (Eds.), Language as Commodity: Global Structures, Local Marketplaces (2nd Ed / 12 ed., pp. 204-224). Continuum International Publishing Group. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-9841.2009.00430_3.x