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The Future of English?
A guide to forecasting the popularity of the
English language in the 21st century
David Graddol

First published 1997
© The British Council 1997, 2000
All Rights Reserved
This digital edition created by
The English Company (UK) Ltd
David Graddol hereby asserts and gives notice of his right under section 77 of the UK Copyright,
Designs and Patents Act 1988 to be identified as the author of this work.

What is this book about?
This book is about the English language in

of the English language and concludes that

forecasting, identifies the patterns which

the 21st century: about who will speak it and for what purposes. It is a practical

the future is more complex and less predictable than has
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The book explores the possible

concerned with the promotion of English language teaching and learning.

in which we might reach a better understanding of the status which English

long-term impact on English of developments in communications

The book is divided into five main

will hold in the 21st century world. This concluding section also argues for a

technology, growing economic globalisation and major demographic shifts.
The Future of English? examines the complex mix of material and cultural trends which will shape the global destiny

sections, each followed by a summary of main points and references. The first section explains how English came to reach its present position in the world.
Section two examines techniques of

already having on language and communication in everyday life.

reassessment of the role played by British providers of ELT goods and services in promoting a global ‘brand image’ for

English is widely regarded as having become the global language – but will it retain its pre-eminence in the 21st century? The world in which it is used is in the early stages of major social, economic and demographic transition.
Although English is unlikely to be displaced as the world’s most important language, the future is more complex and less certain than some assume.

Why worry now?
Why worry now about the global future of the

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