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English has become the global language
English has become the global language

Press Release - 01 February 2006

Free lecture: Globalisation and the English language

English is increasingly referred to as a "global", a "world" or an "international" language. A free lecture at the University of Bath will consider what this really means and the issues it raises. The lecture will be held at the Claverton campus on Wednesday 8 February.

English is by far the most widely spread language in the world and has become the de facto international lingua franca in many domains, including science, technology, medicine and air travel. There are more people learning English than any other language worldwide.

In her lecture, Katie Gray, Director of Language Studies at Oxford University, will stress that the globalisation of the English language is not only a matter of sheer numbers, but that it raises issues which affect education and indeed society as a whole.

Katie works in the Oxford University Department for Continuing Education, co-ordinating the its modern languages programme. She also develops, directs and teaches on a wide range of courses, including a masters in second language acquisition, a diploma in British Studies, and a professional development course for international teachers of English.

Admission to the lecture is free, just turn up on the evening. Free parking available in the West Car Park. All lectures run from 5.15pm until 6.15pm in the lecture hall 8 West 1.1 on the Claverton campus.

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