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Another Look Into Philippine English: Towards Users’ Awareness And Celebration

Volume 2 - Issue 8, August 2018 Edition
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Nimfa G. Dimaculangan
World Englishes, Philippine English, ESL/EFL teaching, language attitude
This paper is a review of literature and studies on Philippine English (henceforth PhilE) which have been conducted in almost two decades. I argue that a big number of Filipino speakers of English, particularly the ESL/EFL teachers in the provinces are either incognizant or still unopen to the thought of celebrating Philippine English; hence, I present briefly the concept of World Englishes (WE), review the existence of PhilE, and briefly describe its lexicon and grammar, as well as teachers’ attitude towards the language which has become one among more than a hundred Philippine languages. I advance its implication to ESL/EFL teaching while encouraging readers, especially my fellow speakers of PhilE to respect World Englishes paradigm and to celebrate PhilE.
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