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International English

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English has become the lingua franca of the world. In other words, people with different mother tongues use English to communicate with one another. Most people believe that English is necessary, especially in today's modern, globalized world.

But which English is better, American or British? Is Canadian English or Australian English any less correct or important? These are important questions because more and more people learn English in school and use English for work.

English as an International Language (EIL) tries to answer the questions. Some people want to create an officially recognized international language based on English. It would have common rules, pronunciations, and so on. The result would be an accepted form of English that puts everyone in touch around the world.

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Warm Up: Discuss the question with your partner for five minutes.

  1. How long have you studied English? What do you want to do in the future with English?

Comprehension Questions: Answer the questions before/after your read the article.

  1. According to the article, what does lingua franca mean?
  2. What is English as an International Language? Please explain.

Summarization: Summarize the article with a partner. Try to do so with only two or three sentences.

Discuss: Discuss these questions with a partner. Remember to support your answers.

  1. Which do you prefer, American English, British English, or some other form of English?
  2. Do you think there should be another form of English for international use? Why/not?
  3. Do you think another language will become the lingua franca someday? Why/not?

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