Signo y Pensamiento
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GUERRERO, CARMEN HELENA. Is English the key to access the a wonders of the modern world? A Critical Discourse Analysis. Signo pensam. [online]. 2010, vol.29, n.57, pp. 294-313. ISSN 0120-4823.
The spread of English in the world today is not only the result of colonizing campaigns (Canagarajah, 1999, 2005; Pennycook, 1994a, 1998a, 2000; Phil-lipson, 1992, 2000) but also of the compliance of the governments associated with the "expanding circle" (Kachru, 1986). Colombia is a good example of this phenomenon, because its national government is implementing a National Bilingualism Project (pnb) where there is an explicit interest in the promotion of English over all other languages spoken in the country. This article is a critical discourse analysis of the handbook that sets the standards for competences in English. The analysis of data follows Fairclough's textual analysis and shows that the authors of the handbook perpetuate mainstream concepts about the symbolic power of English as the one and only necessary tool for academic and economic success.
Palavras-chave : Access; imagined communities; symbolic capital; linguistic capital; cda; Critical discourse analysis; English language; Intellectual capital.