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Why English?

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

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