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Worlds of English: Track 1

How has the English language spread internationally - and is the worldwide influence of English a cause for celebration or concern? How is it changing in response to social, cultural, and technological developments? ‘Worlds of English’ investigates these notions by looking at the expansion of English in China since the 1970s, how it is now the dominant language used at the European Parliament and how a local vernacular in Singapore, known as 'Singlish' is causing controversy. It also examines the role of, and attitude towards, English since the end of Apartheid. This material forms part of The Open University course U214 Worlds of English.

By: The iTunes U team (Programme and web teams)

  • Duration 1 hour
  • Updated Friday 11th March 2011
  • Introductory level
  • Posted under Languages
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Track 1: The Expansion of English in China

This video looks at the rapid expansion of the use, and teaching of English in China, from the 1970s to present.


© The Open University 2011


Tracks in this podcast:

Track   Title Description
1 The Expansion of English in China    This video looks at the rapid expansion of the use, and teaching of English in China, from the 1970s to present. Play now The Expansion of English in China
2 English in the European Union    In recent years, English has become increasingly dominant as the language spoken at the European Parliament, in Brussels. This film examines why. Play now English in the European Union
3 Singlish Controversies    A look at the government of Singapore's attempts to discourage the use of 'Singlish' - a local vernacular that mixes English with dialects of various races that make up Singapore. Play now Singlish Controversies
4 Cape Town District Six    Examines the role of English and attitudes to English since the end of Apartheid. Play now Cape Town District Six