U.S. English Foundation Research
English language in the news:
There are many examples of the importance of English as a unifying language... not just in United States media but in media around the world. See below for some of the most recent mentions of the unifying role of the English language. If you come across a national or international story you think is of note, please email firstname.lastname@example.org so we can share it here!
July 11, 2014
Colombia Reports: "Education Minister: 60% of Colombian teachers don't speak English"
This story from Colombia Reports states that learning English "is a necessity that we have in Colombia to make ourselves more competitive in this global world."
July 3, 2014
Voice of America: "Hindi or English? Contentious Language Issue Resurfaces in India"
This story from Voice of America references how English serves as the language of commerce in India, uniting a country with 22 official languages. A political analyst says "in a globalizing world, India's familiarity with English is a huge benefit."
May 21, 2014
The Guardian: "European parliament has 24 official languages, but MEPs prefer English"
This story from The Guardian calls English "the unofficial language of European politics."
March 30, 2014
The Star Online: "Annyeong! Let's speak English"
This story from The Star Online in Malaysia states that the new focus for South Koreans is to learn English, "as they see its indisputable dominance globally."
March 27, 2014
Daily Times: "English flourishing in Pakistan at the expense of Urdu?"
This story from the Daily Times in Pakistan expresses the desire for English instruction to spread in Pakistan, recognizing it as a global phenomenon.
February 15, 2014
The Economist: "The English Empire"
This story from The Economist explains why an increasing number of businesses worldwide are adopting English as their primary means of communication.
January 30, 2014
India Today: "Move up the success ladder: Learn English"
This story from India Today claims that "English has become the need of the hour and one needs to master this language."
January 24, 2014
Fox News Latino: "Study says English boosts young Hispanics' self-esteem"
This story from Fox News Latino cites a study finding that "Hispanic youth feel less alienated and more satisfied living in the U.S. as their English competence and connection with non-Hispanics grow."
January 16, 2014
Finnbay: "Nokia's Chairman: English Should Be The Official Language in Finland"
This story from Finnbay features the Chairman of Nokia stating that English as the official language of Finland "is highly needed to attract international excellence to Finland's brand name."
January 16, 2014
The Independent: "English to replace French as main banking language"
This story from Ireland's The Independent states that, "the English language has come increasingly to the fore in part because it is widely spoken among the eastern European so-called 'accession states' that joined the union in the last decade."
January 1, 2014
The Jakarta Post: "For Koreans, English used as mark of status"
This story from The Jakarta Post calls English a "sociocultural phenomenon."
November 15, 2013
Harvard Business Review: "Countries with Better English Have Better Economies"
This story from the Harvard Business Review says that even in countries where English is not the official language, "good English is a critical tool."
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