Why is English the first global lingua franca?
- English, being the first world language, is said to be the first global lingua franca and it is the most widely used language in the world in international trade, diplomacy, mass entertainment, international telecommunications and scientific publications as well as publishing newspapers and other books.
The European language is equally foreign to all peoples (hardly foreign at all in most cases) which means that no group is being favoured over another, the widespread use of English is more convenient in terms of Africa interacting with the rest of the world (given that English is in some ways the lingua franca of planet Earth) and the majority of the population already understand it.
- Promote Equality and Tackle Native Speakerism. The way I learned English and the way I was taught how to teach English also planted and cultivated the idea that ‘native speakers’ perhaps indeed are not only better models of the language, but also better teachers.
- Help Your Students Succeed. My experiences as a teacher and student of English also did not prepare me for the sheer variety of Englishes out there.
- Engage and Motivate Your Students. When I learned English as a student, the aim (even if not expressed explicitly) was for us to speak English as closely as possible to how a ‘native speaker’ would.
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A Lingua Franca is a common language that people use to communicate despite it not being their mother tongue. Many languages have been used in such ways. Latin was the Lingua Franca of the Roman Empire for centuries. Throughout the 17th and 18th centuries, when diplomats of different countries met, they would most commonly speak in French. However, with the finishing of the Second World War, English became the dominant language of the world. Geography, history and politics give reasons as to why English took over. Just as the break-up of the British Empire left 67 countries with English as an official language, one of which, The United States of America, was becoming the dominant world power. Throughout the 20th century, English spread faster than any other language through all forms of media. From Hollywood films to British pop music, there is no other language that has penetrated almost every corner of the globe in some way. At the same time, more and more people learned English f...
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As the international language of aviation, pilots and cabin crew all need to speak English. Even if you’re not up in the air, speaking English accurately will ensure you are able to communicate with clients and suppliers all over the world. So, what’s stopping you from learning this global language?