The Speak Good English Movement: A web-user’s perspective

Paul Bruthiaux

in English in Singapore

Published by Hong Kong University Press

Published in print September 2010 | ISBN: 9789888028436
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9789882206939 | DOI:

Series: Asian Englishes Today

The Speak Good English Movement: A web-user’s perspective

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This chapter examines the policy goals and principal activities of the Speak Good English Movement (SGEM) in Singapore. The findings suggests that this campaign is in conflict with the simultaneous encouragement of critical skills and informed choice and contends that it is an outdated attempt to perpetuate increasingly irrelevant postcolonial preoccupations with exogenous standards. This chapter argues that the campaign betrays a profound misunderstanding of the nature of language variation and of the dynamics of language in use across a range of social settings and proposes than an appropriate policy approach should abandon the misconceived and ineffectual effort to campaign Singlish out of existence.

Keywords: SGEM; language policy; Singapore; informed choice; language variation; Singlish

Chapter.  8027 words. 

Subjects: Sociolinguistics

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