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    • WhyEnglish?
      José A. Alcalde López
      Somefactstounderstand
      whyEnglishistoday’snumberoneinternationallanguage
    • Lingua franca
      BeforeEnglish, otherlanguageswerealsointernationalorlingua franca.
      Latin, French orevenSpanish,wereveryimportant and commoncenturies and years ago.
    • Languages ranking
      TodayEnglishis a trulyinternationallanguagewithmillions of speakersallovertheworld.
      The top 4 internationallanguages are:
      • Mandarin
      • Spanish
      • English
      • Hindi
    • FirstorSecondLanguage
      In somecountries English istheFirstlanguage (300-400 millionspeakers): the UK, Ireland, the USA, Australia, New Zealand, Canada…
      In othercountries English is a Secondlanguage (nearly 1 billionspeakers) like in: India, South Africa, Fiji, etc.
    • Officiallanguage
      In 53 countries(shown in green) English istheofficiallanguage
    • Extension of English
      English wasborn in Britain and lateritexpandedtoothercountrieslikeIreland, the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand…
      Colonialismwasveryimportantfortheexpansion of English.
    • Power of English
      Itis no coincidencethatEnglishistheofficiallanguage of manyverypowerfulcountries and worldeconomieslikethe USA, Canada, the UK, Australia, etc.
    • English in organizations
      Manyinternatinalorganizations use English in theirmeetings and publications:
      • EuropeanUnion
      • International OlympicCommittee
      • NATO
      • UnitedNations
      • Commonwealth
    • Language of commerce
      English istheinternationallanguagefor global commerce and business.
      Multinational and exportcompaniesneedonelanguagetocommunicatewiththeirinternationalclients.
    • Travelling around…
      Peoplewhotraveltheworldneed a single languagetovisitdifferent and distantcountries.
      Airlines, car rentals, bus companies, trainstations, customs… Englishisusedeverywhere.
    • English in the media
      Englishis in songs, TV series, films, the Internet, computerprogrammes, video games, …
    • StudyEnglish
      English isstudiedallovertheworldbymillions of people (academies, privatelessons, courses, schools, on-line webs,…)
      TheBritish Council istheofficialorganisationforthis.
    • English in education
      Englishisalsopresent in education: internationalstudents, bilingualdegrees, mobilityprogrammes (Comenius, Erasmus…), grants, etc.
    • Neutral language
      In somecountrieswith a lot of languages, races, ethnics, communities…, English isseen as a neutral languagethatbelongstonobody.
    • Useful links
      • English in Wikipedia
      • AllabouttheEnglishlanguage
      • Englishspeakingcountries
      • Historicalexpansion of English
    • WhyEnglish?
      José A. Alcalde López
      Somefactstounderstand
      whyEnglishistoday’snumberoneinternationallanguage