Attending the IATEFL plenary session with David Graddol gave us a lot of food for thought concerning English as a global language – both how it has changed and how it will change in the future.
David Graddol is linguist who has been studying the changing nature of English for many years. Here are some of the most fascinating insights (very much simplified) from his session:
With China’s one child policy, the need for language teachers for younger adults could decrease up to 50% in the next 50 years.
Morocco may see an increasing demand for English teachers in the future.
The need for learners who have an ‘lntermediate’ level of English is decreasing – the need for very high or just simply low level learners is increasing.
All of his research can be downloaded for free from the British council. Click here to access the downloads of his findings for free.
The future of English (1997)