English, Empowerment and Economic Development: A Study in an International Business

  • M Moninoor RoshidEmail author
Part of the Education in the Asia-Pacific Region: Issues, Concerns and Prospects book series (EDAP, volume 44)


The phrase ‘English for development’ is frequently uttered in policy discourse in many non-English-speaking developing countries. This discourse has been further intensified when English is used as a global business lingua franca – a common language for global communication among business personnel who speak different first languages. However, how English language plays an influential role in empowering business personnel whose mother tongue is not English and how English as a language continues to promote their businesses to warrant economic development have been relatively under-researched in language enquiry. Applying a qualitative study approach, this chapter attempts to understand the role of English as a means of empowerment for international business and business personnel in Bangladesh and how it contributes to economic development. Data have been gathered through in-depth interviews from three cohorts of business personnel engaged in three tiers of communication in the ready-made garments (RMG) business sector in Bangladesh. Findings reveal that English language skills empower business individuals and organisations and create opportunities of achieving material gains in the form of suitable jobs, position, salary and status, which in turn contribute to the country’s economic growth, poverty reduction and overall sustainable development.


English Empowerment Linguistic capital International business communication 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute of Education and ResearchUniversity of DhakaDhakaBangladesh

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