Teaching about the importance of English as a world language

English – World Language Number One

One goal in the Norwegian curriculum is to describe key features of the development of English as a world language.

Lesson plan

A world language is a language spoken internationally and learned by many people as a second language. A world language is not only characterized by the number of its speakers, but also by its geographical distribution, and its use in international organizations and in diplomatic relations. Source: NDLA. Read the whole article here.

In the twenty-first century, the entire world has become narrow, accessible, sharable, and familiar for all the people living on this earth as English is used as a common language even though there are some variations in habits, cultures, traditions, regions and idiosyncratic aspects. As English has got the common qualities, it has been accepted as the global language among the speakers of thousands of different languages. Since science and technology is progressing, there are tremendous changes taking place in the lives of the human beings everywhere in the world. As a result, the whole world has become a global village and the people have to maintain good relationship with the others. Moreover, business, trade and commerce have become international and most of the business organizations have their offices in most of the countries. In order to maintain international relationship in science, technology, business, education, travel, tourism and so on, English serves the purpose as a common language and a global language. It is the language mostly used not only by the scientists, business organizations and the internet but also in higher education, and tourism sectors. As English plays a dominant role in almost all the fields in the present globalized world, there is a need to discuss its role as a global language. Source: THE ROLE OF ENGLISH AS A GLOBAL LANGUAGE

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