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"English: A Global Language?" . By: Jeff Leiper Presented by: Soni Sarin English 393. Introduction. The impact English is having on foreign students of today A brief history of the English language and how it is spreading The importance of English in the world Closing remarks .

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english a global language

"English: A Global Language?"

By: Jeff Leiper

Presented by: SoniSarin

English 393

  • The impact English is having on foreign students of today
  • A brief history of the English language and how it is spreading
  • The importance of English in the world
  • Closing remarks
the students
The Students
  • This article basically discusses the importance of English and essentially asks why English became the Global Language.
  • It begins with a scene of 3 Foreign-exchange students (Korean, Japanese, and French) trying to unscramble the words:

“father-Was-your-angry?” into a sentence that makes sense.

  • The students are attending the "Living Languages Institute" in Ottawa, during their summer vacation.
the author
The Author
  • The author, Jeff Leiper, is a reporter for an Ottawa IT community. He writes about his thoughts on how English is affecting the way the world communicates.
  • He tries connecting to the students just to realize that they’re using: “words to communicate, but not a language.”
  • He notices this barrier in conversation between him and the students. He does not understand their languages, and they are having trouble with English.
how english spread and where it s headed
How English spread…and Where It’s Headed
  • Mr. Leiper briefly delves into the history of English, how it is derived from the Anglo-Saxon languages.
  • The British colonies greatly influenced the language's use.
  • Now, it is used as communication in all fields:
    • Pop culture – English affects music, icons, spread of trends throughout the world
    • Job market – English essentially determines who is skilled enough to obtain a job
    • Sciences – A surprising figure of 2/3 of the world's scientists write their papers in English
    • Technology – 80% of the information stored electronically around the world is in English. Even though countries have tried to make expensive changes in technology, the simple html codes such as:<BOLD> <TITLE> are still in English.
interviewing members of the institute
Interviewing Members of the Institute
  • Leiper interviews Gonzalo Peralta, the director of the Living Languages Institute to understand his views on English
  • Peralta states that English is the “bread” humans now need in order to survive.
  • Peralta believes that English is the language of technology.
  • Leiper then interviews some foreign students to ask their reasons for attending the Institute. They admit they’re learning to speak and write in English properly because:
    • They’ll find more job opportunities
    • It’ll ensure a good job
    • It’s essential for business
    • They need it for the digital age.
  • As Peralta's summarizes: English leads to more freedom.
if not english
If not English….?
  • Mr. Peralta then tries to share his views on how other ages had different dominating languages used.
  • Some examples include—Roman, French, Latin, Sanskrit.
  • However, the major difference is that these languages were reserved for the elite. Not everyone knew how to speak, read, or write in them.
  • English just seemed to work for this era. Linguists are still curious as to why that may be.
closing remarks
Closing remarks
  • This article was a fascinating read. I really learned a lot from it.
  • Often times, I've wondered myself over the demand of the English language and what impact it has on others as well.
  • Approximately one billion people speak English as their second language!
  • An interesting thought:

Even though the Mr. Peralta reveals that learning English leads to the idea of freedom in today’s world, it seems double-edged---without English, there would be no jobs for many people. Thus, in order to gain that “freedom”, you first need to resort to learning the language.

  • This article causes readers to question: why English?