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  Weekender 2006 / 7  


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- Global English?


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English learners who use BBC Learning English
Do you speak global English?

When someone from China speaks to someone from Sudan which language do they speak?

The British Council, an organisation that promotes British culture, has just published a new report about the importance of English as a global language.

Listen to this programme that features the author of the report, David Graddol.

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Words and phrases in the programme

used all over the world

Example sentence
Some people think that English is a global language.

a basic skill
a skill that everyone should learn
Example sentence
Reading and writing are basic skills.

the language of communication
the way people talk to each other

Example sentence
English is often the language of communication at international conferences.
Another way to say that is that English is a lingua franca (a Latin expression).


Read the report on the British Council website

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