English is the major language in such fields as international diplomacy, business and commerce, science and technology, and the travel industry.
How did English become such an important global language?
English to North America, the Caribbean, Africa, Australia, New Zealand, and the Indian sub-continent
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English became the language of diplomacy.
The Treaty of Versailles that ended WWI was signed in 1919 in both French and English.
Key international bodies adopted English as a working language. United Nations (The Secretariat uses two working languages, English and French) The Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) The International Criminal Court The International Court of Justice North Atlantic Treaty Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development International Olympic Committee And many others
English has become a neutral language English is a rich language and is easily adapted to local use and has become a language that no longer belongs to any one nation or culture. There are about 4 times more non-native speakers of English than there are native speakers of English.
As a neutral language
English is often the language of negotiation and conflict resolution. English is the language often used in many Embassies around the world for communication between the Diplomats and their locally engaged staff. English is the language of the transportation industry and other key sectors of the global society.
U.S. Department of State The Office of English Language Programs The Office of English Language Programs provides professional teacher training programs worldwide to promote understanding of American language, society, culture, values and policies. It is only through a thorough understanding of each other's cultures that we can establish and maintain a foundation of international cooperation and trust. The Office often partners with professional organizations and key educational institutions to carry out this mission.
TESOL's mission is to develop and maintain professional expertise in English language teaching and learning for speakers of other languages worldwide. TESOL values - professionalism in language education - individual language rights - accessible, high quality education - collaboration in a global community - interaction of research and reflective practice for educational improvement - respect for diversity and multiculturalism
Framework for 21st Century Learning
21st century interdisciplinary themes
• Global Awareness • Financial, Economic, Business and Entrepreneurial Literacy • Civic Literacy • Health Literacy • Environmental Literacy http://www.p21.org
Learning and Innovation Skills
• Creativity and Innovation • Critical Thinking and Problem Solving • Communication and Collaboration
Information, Media and Technology Skills
• Information Literacy • Media Literacy • ICT (Information, Communications and Technology) Literacy
Life and Career Skills
• Flexibility and Adaptability • Initiative and Self-Direction • Social and Cross-Cultural Skills • Productivity and Accountability • Leadership and Responsibility
21st Century Workplace: Skills for Success The APEC Strategic Plan for English and Other Languages is the action-oriented component of the APEC theme “Learning Each Other’s Languages.” It focuses on each of the major dimensions of language learning: Content Standards, Assessment (including Performance Standards), Curriculum and Instruction, and Policy, as well as Exchange Programs. http://hrd.apec.org/index.php/Strategic_Plan_for_English_and_Other_Languages