English in Cambodia

Stephen H Moore, Suksiri Bounchan

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    This chapter provides a thorough overview of key issues concerning the development, use, and status of English in contemporary Cambodia. It discusses the multilingual ecology of Cambodia and the history of English in Cambodia. Cambodia's membership of the Association of Southeast Asian nations (ASEAN) from April 30, 1999, marked a turning point in terms of the status of English in Cambodia's government structures and official circles. English is highly valued by the “educated class” in Cambodia. Over the past decade, there has been very strong growth in English‐medium instruction education in private sector institutions. “Cambodian English” can be defined in terms of differences from Standardized British or American English usage across pronunciation, grammar, and some vocabulary items. The chapter discusses the cultural aspects of English usage in Cambodia, as well as current debates about language policies and educational developments in Cambodia.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationThe handbook of Asian Englishes
    EditorsKingsley Bolton, Werner Botha, Andy Kirkpatrick
    Place of PublicationChichester, West Sussex
    PublisherWiley-Blackwell, Wiley
    Number of pages18
    ISBN (Electronic)9781118791882, 9781118791790
    ISBN (Print)9781118791806
    Publication statusPublished - Sept 2020


    • ASEAN
    • Cambodian English
    • English medium instruction (EMI)
    • language policies
    • multilingual ecology


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