In far too many places, the worldwide trade in English-language teaching,
testing and publishing has become a self-perpetuating, self-congratulating,
neocolonial monster … a veritable multi-headed Hydra. Too often the English
language industry aggressively promotes itself as some sort of “uplifting”,
“essential”, “proper” or even “better” means of communication than any other
language. Unfortunately, its relentless global outreach is taking place at the
direct expense, and the active denigration, of local and regional languages – not
to mention individual identities.
"English Language as Hydra" brings together the voices of linguists, literary
figures and teaching professionals in a wide-ranging exposé of this monstrous
Hydra in action on four continents. It provides a showcase of the diverse and
powerful impacts that this ever-evolving, gluttonous beast has had on so many
non-English language cultures - as well as the surreptitious, drug-like ways in
which it can infiltrate individual psyches.