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Why English? Why English? Presentation Transcript

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