The Relationship Between the English Language Exposures and Common Grammatical Errors in Writing Skills
A guide to forecasting the popularity of the
English language in the 21st century
First published 1997
© The British Council 1997, 2000
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The English Company (UK) Ltd
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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 …show more content…
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