Ec in the Community



Priyanka Das
Log in:ESFPMTFL1321971

Pamela Martínez
Log in: CHFPMTFL163751

Group: 2014-02

Date: August, 2015

“English seems to have joined this list of basic skills. Quite simply, its function and place in the curriculum is no longer that of ‘foreign language’ and this is bringing about profound changes in who is learning English, their motives for learning it and their needs as learners.” (Graddol, D, page 72)


We understand the discussion about how important English is and how international it   has become as it is considered the ‘tyrannosaurus rex' of languages. English (Swales 1997) in other words:
“The massive spread of English teaching in the years after the war, led to the position that is now true: that the English language no longer belongs numerically to speakers of English as a mother tongue, or first language. The ownership (by which I mean the power to adapt and change) of any language in effect, rests with the people who use it. However they are, however multilingual they are, however monolingual they are. The major advances in sociolinguistic research over the past half century indicate clearly the extent to which languages are shaped by their use. And for English, the current competent users of English number up to seven hundred million, living in every continent … of whom less than half are native speakers. Statistically, native speakers are in a minority for language use, and thus in practice for language change, for language maintenance, and for the ideologies and beliefs associated with the language – at least in so far as non-native speakers use the language for a wide range of public and personal needs"(Brumfit 2001:116)

In order to start our discussion over this important topic, we first need to go through the changes English language has suffered, in terms of different aspects such as the role of language in different...