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Global English with David Crystal

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Video from Macmillan Education ELT YouTube Channel

Let’s Begin…

If you ever thought of English as the world language, then you are not too wide of the mark. In this lesson we are going to see how important English is and also how it is related to imperialism and negative or positive consequences related to it.
Additional Resources for you to Explore

When we talk about the spread of English we cannot only know why and how it became a global language, but we also need to know about the controversies that this issue has on other people’s culture that are not English native speakers. In this document "Is the Spread of English as a World Language a Positive or a Negative Development? " you will find a different point of view, that does not praise English but it digs up the negative development of it.
“The rapid endangerment and death of many minority languages across the world is a matter of widespread concern, not only among linguists and anthropologists but among all concerned with issues of cultural identity in an increasingly globalized culture.” (Crystal, 2003) You can see more about that in Language Death by David Crystal.

Controversy as English becomes “Galloping Global Phenomenon" shows different opinions from universities and people from the British Council about the global spread of English and its controversies.

English is not only a good contribution to different societies in terms of job opportunities and being part of globalization. It also has negative effects especially when it "kills" native languages destroying a complete culture. We must considerate the idea that accepting English in our society is to accept imperialism and the loss of national identity, so who does English benefit to?

ReferencesBritish Council. (2014, April 30). British Council. Retrieved June 04, 2014, from British Council:

Chowdhury, K. (2013, May). Language in India. Retrieved June 04, 2014, from Language in India:

Crystal, D. (2003). Language death. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Seidlhofer, B. (2003). Controversies in Applied Linguistics (Oxford Applied Linguistics). Oxford University Press.

ByMaría Teresa Acuña Vera
Alejandra Rubio Pezoa
Pamela Medina

English Pedagogy Programme, UMCE, Chile.

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