The Importance Of English As An International Language

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English has become one of the most important languages, if not the most important, during the past decades. Although Chinese has more speakers, mainly due to China’s population, English retains its status as the most widely used language in all parts of the globe. Hence, English has become an international language. Under the impression that English will give you a better standing in competing globally, there has been a steady increase in the number of English learners and English users. As reported by the Institute of International Education (2013) the 2013 Open Doors Report on International Educational Exchange finds the number of international students at colleges and universities in the United States increased by seven percent to a record high of 819,644 students in the 2012/13 academic year.…show more content…
Many cannot believe how fast the transition was, including Crystal (2003) when he said that in 1950, any notion of English as a true world language was but a dim, shadowy, theoretical possibility, surrounded by the political uncertainties of the Cold War, and lacking any clear definition or sense of direction. Fifty years on, and World English exists as a political and cultural reality. Even with the apparent rise in power of China, it was not able to topple the power that English has in the world. It appears that the dominance of the English language continues to this day and all points towards it continuing to retain its influence in all aspects including, communication, education, trade and business, and even

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