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Unformatted text preview: LearnEnglish Professionals FUTURE OF ENGLISH AUDIOSCRIPT www.britishcouncil.org/professionals.htm © The British Council, 2007 The United Kingdom’s international organisation for educational opportunities and cultural relations. We are registered in England as a charity. Listen to the controversial Linguistics expert Professor McKenzie talking about the future of the English language. Optional exercise Decide whether these statements are TRUE or FALSE according to Professor McKenzie. 1. If you do not know English you can be at a disadvantage. 2. English will soon be spoken by everybody in the World. 3. By 2010 half the World’s population will speak English. 4. Competitors at the Eurovision Song Contest will never be unanimous in choosing to sing in English. 5. Native English and Majority English will become the two predominant types of English. (Answers below) For many years now we have been referring to English as a global language, as the language of communication and technology. Everybody seems to be learning English and it isn’t uncommon to see English being used as aand technology....
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