Language as a barrier
This chapter examines the global domination of the English language and the concept of, sometimes unintended, linguistic imperialism. It shows that language is not the only problem facing non-native students.
English for speakers of other languages
Predominance of English as a world language
The key role played by the English language as a tool of international communication is not in dispute: ‘The British Empire may be in full retreat with the handover of Hong Kong. But from Bengal to Belize and Las Vegas to Lahore, the language of the sceptred isle is rapidly becoming the first global lingua franca’ (Globe and Mail, 1997) is perhaps a rather simplistic ...