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Speak Good English Movement - Singapore. 10/11: GET IT RIGHT!. Primary Resource A poster in one of Singapore’s shopping malls. Brief introduction to Singapore. From a British colony to a world-class city state.

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Speak Good English Movement

- Singapore

10/11: GET IT RIGHT!

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Primary Resource

A poster in one of Singapore’s shopping malls

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Brief introduction to Singapore

From a British colony to a world-class city state

  • What do we know about Singapore? In general
  • - The Lion City
  • - Major trading port in the region
  • Multicultural society
  • Wealthy…?
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All start from the ancient times

-Temasek (13th century)

-Singapura (14th century)

-Colonial period

-Malay Union after war

-Independence

-Modern Singapore

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British East India Company (EIC) formally colonized Singapore in 1819

  • English as a Creole but official language
  • In 1867, Chinese made up 65% Singapore's population
  • Less than 2% were British

Colonial Period

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Standard English VS Singapore Colloquial English (Singlish)

  • English Medium School
  • Loan words and particles from other languages. e.g. Hakka and Hokkien dialects, Malay
  • English education was encouraged even after independence, why?

English Education in Singapore

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The Speak Good English Movement was launched by the former Singapore Prime Minister- GohChok Tong

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Singlish

Here is the introduction ‘lah’

  • Colloquial Singaporean English, known as ‘Singlish’, it is an English-based Creole language spoken in Singapore which mixed with many loan words from its multicultural immigrants.
  • Difference: Grammars & Pronunciations
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Get It Right!

This year topic here lah

Here is this year’s topic

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Why English?

Failed to join the Malaysia union

1990’s Asian Financial Crisis

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Bibliography

Anthea Fraser Gupta, 2006, The Situation of English in Singapore, in World Englishes: critical concepts in linguistics, K Bolton & B. B Kachru (Eds), 2006. New York: Rotuledge.

Braj B. Kachru 2005, Asian Englishes: Beyond the Canon. Hong Kong: Hong Kong University Press.

Crewer, W (Ed). 1977. The English Language in Singapore. Singapore: Eastern Universities Press Sdn. Bhd.

Dr. Lee, SiewPeng 2010, ‘Don’t mix Singlish with identity’, The straits times, Singapore,http://www.goodenglish.org.sg/wp-content/uploads/2010/10/200910-ST-Don%E2%80%99t-mix-Singlish-with-identity.pdf

J.A.Foley, T.Kandiah, BaoZhiming, A.F.Gupta, L.Alsagoff, Ho Chee Lick, L.Wee, I.S.Talib, W.Bokhorst-Heng. 1998. English in New Cultural Contexts: Reflections from Singapore. Singapore: Oxford University Press Singapore.

K.C. Guan, D. Heng & T.T. Yong, 2009, Singapore, A 700-Year History: From Early Emporium to World City. Singapore: National Archives of Singapore.

Lisa Lim, Anna Pakir and lionel Wee (Eds). 2010. Asian Englishes Today: English in Singapore, Modernity and Management. Hong Kong: Hong Kong University Press.

PETER K. W. TAN. 2001. “Englishised Name?” English Today 17(4): 45-53

RaniRubdy, 2001, Creative destruction: Singapore’s Speak Good English movement, World Englishes (2001 NOV), 20:3, pp 341-355.

Sandra L. Suárez 2005, ‘Does English Rule? Language Instruction and Economic Strategies in Singapore, Ireland, and Puero Rico’, Comparative Politics, vol. 37, No.4, pp 460-462, 465-468

Wong, Jock, 2005. "Why you so Singlish one?" A semantic and cultural interpretation of the Singapore English particle one. Language in Society, 34:2. (Apr 2005). p. 239.