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Why English?
Some numbers ... <ul><li>Almost 7,000,000,000 </li></ul>
Some numbers ... <ul><li>There are about 7,000,000,000 people in the world. </li></ul><ul><li>How many people in the world...
Some numbers ... <ul><li>Between 1,500,000,000 and 2,000,000,000 people. </li></ul><ul><li>That is 1 of every 4 people! </...
Some numbers ... <ul><li>How many people speak English as a first language? </li></ul>
Some numbers ... <ul><li>About 400,000,000 people. </li></ul><ul><li>(About 730,000,000 people speak Chinese and about 270...
Some numbers ... <ul><li>In the year 2000 about 1 billion people were learning English </li></ul><ul><li>Over 130 billion ...
Examples of fields where English is the main language. <ul><li>Computers. </li></ul><ul><li>Technology. </li></ul><ul><li>...
...but why English? <ul><li>Linguistic reasons? Is it “easier” than other languages? </li></ul><ul><li>Demographics? Is it...
 
...but why English? <ul><li>Politics and economy. </li></ul>
...but why English? <ul><li>The British Empire. </li></ul><ul><li>The USA. </li></ul><ul><li>Globalization. </li></ul>
Globalization. <ul><li>The “Global Village”. What has made the world “smaller? </li></ul>The Internet. The printing press ...
OK, but ... Do I need English? <ul><li>Travel. </li></ul><ul><li>Internet. </li></ul><ul><li>Music. </li></ul><ul><li>Univ...
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  1. 1. Why English?
  2. 2. Some numbers ... <ul><li>Almost 7,000,000,000 </li></ul>
  3. 3. Some numbers ... <ul><li>There are about 7,000,000,000 people in the world. </li></ul><ul><li>How many people in the world can speak English? </li></ul>
  4. 4. Some numbers ... <ul><li>Between 1,500,000,000 and 2,000,000,000 people. </li></ul><ul><li>That is 1 of every 4 people! </li></ul>
  5. 5. Some numbers ... <ul><li>How many people speak English as a first language? </li></ul>
  6. 6. Some numbers ... <ul><li>About 400,000,000 people. </li></ul><ul><li>(About 730,000,000 people speak Chinese and about 270,000,000 people speak Spanish) </li></ul>
  7. 7. Some numbers ... <ul><li>In the year 2000 about 1 billion people were learning English </li></ul><ul><li>Over 130 billion web pages are in English. </li></ul><ul><li>About 95% of scientific articles published in the world are written in English. </li></ul><ul><li>About 75% of the world’s letters are written in English ... And about 85% of all e-mails. </li></ul>
  8. 8. Examples of fields where English is the main language. <ul><li>Computers. </li></ul><ul><li>Technology. </li></ul><ul><li>Science. </li></ul><ul><li>Pop music. </li></ul><ul><li>Cinema. </li></ul><ul><li>Politics. </li></ul><ul><li>Bussiness. </li></ul><ul><li>Aviation. </li></ul><ul><li>Tourism. </li></ul><ul><li>Etc. </li></ul>
  9. 9. ...but why English? <ul><li>Linguistic reasons? Is it “easier” than other languages? </li></ul><ul><li>Demographics? Is it spoken by the most people? Is it spoken in the most countries? </li></ul>
  10. 11. ...but why English? <ul><li>Politics and economy. </li></ul>
  11. 12. ...but why English? <ul><li>The British Empire. </li></ul><ul><li>The USA. </li></ul><ul><li>Globalization. </li></ul>
  12. 13. Globalization. <ul><li>The “Global Village”. What has made the world “smaller? </li></ul>The Internet. The printing press The telephone TV and radio Aviation Satellites
  13. 14. OK, but ... Do I need English? <ul><li>Travel. </li></ul><ul><li>Internet. </li></ul><ul><li>Music. </li></ul><ul><li>University studies (and cicles formatius). </li></ul><ul><li>Finding a job. </li></ul><ul><li>Etc. </li></ul>
  14. 15. How do you learn a language?
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