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20/12/04
Ten Years Until English Take-Over
- Language course figures point to half the world speaking our tongue

ENGLISH will be spoken by half the world within the next decade, according to research conducted by the British Council.

The estimate is based partly on forward projections of the recent increased take-up of English courses around the world, with at least two billion more people set to learn English by 2015.

The demand for English language courses represents good news for all the many thousands of language schools in London and all the people employed on their behalf to hand out flyers outside Tube stations.

But by 2050, with many emerging countries expected to conduct large parts of their education systems in English, the demand for English language courses could dry up, the British Council report predicts.

"English predominates in the business world and for such countries to be able to compete for work, including lucrative outsourcing contracts, English is being pushed heavily from kindergarten on," said David Graddol, who compiled the British Council's survey, The Future of English.




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