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Go global with English

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A presentation I did for university students in Surabaya - the key understanding is that English ability, alone, is unlikely to be enough for success in the 21st century global society

A presentation I did for university students in Surabaya - the key understanding is that English ability, alone, is unlikely to be enough for success in the 21st century global society

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  • 1. 1. Why is English important? 2. What is the Global Society? Go Global with English – Andrew Vivian
  • 2. Why is English important? Go Global with English – Andrew Vivian * English as a Global Language – David Crystal, Google books, P.4, P.65 ** http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/English_language#English_as_a_global_language
  • 3. How do we learn English? Go Global with English – Andrew Vivian
  • 4. How quickly can we learn English? Go Global with English – Andrew Vivian http://www.soon.org.uk/page23.htm
  • 5. How quickly can we learn English? Go Global with English – Andrew Vivian Students from some countries learn English more slowly - cultural differences and language differences play a large part in this. 1.Countries with a very different language & culture e.g. Korea, Brazil, African countries, Arab countries. 2.Countries with a very different language but an international culture e.g. Japan, Finland 3.European countries where English is little used e.g. France, Spain, Italy 4.European countries where English is important e.g. Switzerland, Germany 5.Western European countries where English is widely spoken e.g. Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Holland
  • 6. How quickly can we learn English? Go Global with English – Andrew Vivian Students whose mother tongue has a non-roman alphabet are often slower learners at first. Mistakes based on your first language are greater where the language is very different e.g. Japanese or Korean, or where it is very similar but differences are culturally important e.g. Spanish & Portuguese. 1.Languages or dialects which you do not normally write down 2.Languages with a non-roman way of writing e.g. Korean, Arabic, Thai, Japanese 3.Non-European languages with a roman alphabet 4.Romance languages e.g. French, Spanish, Italian 5.Languages from the Germanic family e.g. German, Norwegian, Dutch, Danish
  • 7. How quickly can we learn English? Go Global with English – Andrew Vivian In general, older students learn more slowly and younger students faster. 1. 50+ 2. 40-50 3. 30-40 4. 20-30 5. under 20
  • 8. How quickly can we learn English? Go Global with English – Andrew Vivian Your reason for learning will affect how fast you will learn. 1. 'My parents want me to'. 2. 'To go on holiday to an English speaking country' OR 'To write to a penpal'. 3. 'It's my hobby' OR 'I need it for my job'. 4. 'To pass an exam' OR 'My employer wants me to learn English'. 5. 'My husband/wife/girlfriend/boyfriend speaks English'.
  • 9. How quickly can we learn English? Go Global with English – Andrew Vivian People with a history of learning languages learn faster than those without. 1. No. 2. I studied a language at school. 3. I have already learned one language as an adult. 4. I have already learned two or more languages as an adult. OR I am fluent in at least one foreign language. 5. I am fluent in two or more languages.
  • 10. How quickly can we learn English? Go Global with English – Andrew Vivian Students who have studied more tend to learn faster as they start to remember what they learned before. 1. No. 2. I have only studied on my own. 3. I recently studied English at school in my country. 4. I took a full-time course in English recently. 5. I passed an English exam recently.
  • 11. How quickly can we learn English? Go Global with English – Andrew Vivian Students who have been in an English-speaking country longer have become accustomed to hearing English and will learn faster. 1. Never. 2. One or two weeks. 3. A month at least. 4. A few months. 5. More than 6 months.
  • 12. How quickly can we learn English? Go Global with English – Andrew Vivian People may prefer to learn fast, others to learn slowly. Some people have more confidence. 1. Very slowly. 2. Slower than average. 3. Average speed. 4. Faster than average. 5. Fast.
  • 13. How quickly can we learn English? Go Global with English – Andrew Vivian Students with a background of 'academic' study will learn faster. 1. I want to learn grammar and vocabulary on my own. 2. I want to have a teacher to tell me what to do. 3. I want to learn in a class with other students. 4. I learn by talking to my friends. 5. I learn by talking with people who speak English well.
  • 14. How quickly can we learn English? Go Global with English – Andrew Vivian 1. None. 2. A little. 3. Some. 4. Quite a lot. 5. A lot.
  • 15. Go Global with English – Andrew Vivian If you have scored over 35 you are very likely to learn fast and you are probably not a Beginner. You probably enjoy learning and will be successful quickly. If you have scored between 20 and 35 you are very likely be an average learner - you will need to work hard but within a few months you will have learned a lot. If you have scored between 10 and 20 you will find it much harder to learn - it may take you a long time to learn - up to a year. Be patient and keep practising! Results
  • 16. Go Global with English – Andrew Vivian English is an easy language to start learning because: • it has no genders. • it usually has easy verb endings. Apart from a few 'irregular' verbs, verb endings are easy, and hardly change. • adjectives remain the same for all words - there are no different endings to learn. • the singular and plural pronoun 'you' is the same. There is no need to decide whether to use a polite form, or an intimate form
  • 17. Go Global with English – Andrew Vivian Verbs: I walk, you walk, he/she walks, we walk, they walk I am, you are, he/she is, we are, they are
  • 18. Go Global with English – Andrew Vivian The difficult parts of English are: • the spelling of a word may not show what the pronunciation (way of saying) the word is • because English came from two main sources - old French, and old Anglo-Saxon, there is a very large vocabulary of words • native English speakers use a lot of idioms, that is - words used in a way which is not their obvious meaning.
  • 19. Go Global with English – Andrew Vivian Spelling and pronunciation: would wood through threw though tough
  • 20. Go Global with English – Andrew Vivian
  • 21. Go Global with English – Andrew Vivian Common English mistakes: “the” is not “te” or “de” Stuff/Staff Agenda Target Mayor/Major/Majority Colleague
  • 22. Go Global with English – Andrew Vivian Common English mistakes: Plurals: most English words add “s” if more than one Exceptions: Sheep Equipment Fish Stuff Staff Articles: “a”, “an”, “the” Ownership: ‘s shows ownership, or a missing letter The teacher’s bag It’s = it is Don’t = do not
  • 23. The Global Society Go Global with English – Andrew Vivian - the 21st Century
  • 24. The Global Society Go Global with English – Andrew Vivian - the 21st Century From: “The World is Flat” by Thomas Friedman Globalisation 1.0 (19th Century): Countries had to think globally to succeed
  • 25. The Global Society Go Global with English – Andrew Vivian - the 21st Century From: “The World is Flat” by Thomas Friedman Globalisation 2.0 (20th Century): Companies had to think globally to succeed
  • 26. The Global Society Go Global with English – Andrew Vivian - the 21st Century From: “The World is Flat” by Thomas Friedman Globalisation 3.0 (21st Century): Individuals have to think globally to succeed
  • 27. The Global Society Go Global with English – Andrew Vivian - the 21st Century From: “The World is Flat” by Thomas Friedman Globalisation 3.0 (21st Century): Individuals have to think globally to succeedYou
  • 28. Go Global with English – Andrew Vivian In the 21st Century, people will change jobs and careers Successful people need to show •excellent technical skills • flexible thinking • self motivation
  • 29. Go Global with English – Andrew Vivian Global Quiz Who is this?
  • 30. Go Global with English – Andrew Vivian Global Quiz Where is this?
  • 31. Go Global with English – Andrew Vivian Global Quiz What is this?
  • 32. Go Global with English – Andrew Vivian A Global Citizen is aware of the wider world and has a sense of their own role as a world citizen; respects and values diversity; has an understanding of how the world works economically, politically, socially, culturally, technologically and environmentally; is outraged by social injustice; participates in and contributes to the community at a range of levels from local to global; is willing to act to make the world a more sustainable place; takes responsibility for their actions. Oxfam - 1997
  • 33. Go Global with English – Andrew Vivian

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