VANESSA LEONARDI ‘Do you speak English’ or ‘Speak (you) English’? The Impact of Non-native Varieties on English Language Teaching 341
VANESSA LEONARDI ‘Do you speak English’ or ‘Speak (you) English’? The Impact of Non-native Varieties on English Language Teaching 1. Introduction English is the language most widely used in the world. It is the lan- guage of the industrial revolution and has remained the language of science and technology ever since. It has now become an interna- tional or global language spoken all over the world. Nobody would question the fact that the global spread of English is closely related to the phenomenon of globalisation which has brought with it many significant changes in all aspects of society. There are several rea- sons which could explain the supremacy status of English in the world, such as the power and influence of native English speaking coun- tries, the fact that much world communication is carried out in Eng- lish both in native as well as non-native English speaking countries and, more importantly, the fact that non-native speakers use it more and more often with other non-native speakers in international set- tings. This is why English has now become the world’s lingua franca. Although its teaching practice has always focused on two of the most commonly used standard native forms, such as British and American English, nowadays more than 1 billion non-native English speakers use English as a lingua franca and therefore teaching is gradually changing and focusing on English as an International Language (EIL). 342 2. Globalisation and the English language In the last few decades, there has been a proliferation...
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