An English-speaking World
Of the 2,700 languages spoken in the world today, only English has emerged as a truly global language. English is more widely scattered, more widely spoken and written, than any other language has ever been. It has become the language of the planet.
If proof of this claim is needed, then consider the following statistics. Globally, English is used by at least 750 million people, and barely half of them speak it as their mother tongue. Some put this figure closer to 1 billion. Of all the world's languages, English is arguably the richest in vocabulary, containing some 500,000 standard words (listed in the Oxford English Dictionary) and another half million technical and scientific terms remain uncatalogued.
Seventy-five percent of the world's mail, its telexes and cables are written in English. It is the language of technology from Silicon Valley to Shanghai with ninety percent of the world's electronically stored information in English. As a point of fact, the majority of the 50 million Internet users communicate through the medium of English. Likewise, more than half the scientific and technical journals and periodicals published worldwide are printed in English.
In Europe, where there are as many different languages as there are countries, nearly half of all business deals are conducted in English.
English is the language of sports and glamour: the official language of the Olympics and the Miss Universe competition. English is the official voice of the air and of the sea. Likewise, it is the official language of Christianity: the ecumenical language of the World Council of Churches.
Finally, five of the largest broadcasting companies in the world (CBS, NBC, ABC, BBC and CBC) transmit in English to audiences that exceed one hundred million people.
Given the totality of these statements, the importance of English cannot be underestimated. And it is for these reasons that Language Link has established a wide-ranging programme of English language instruction. Just as English has pervaded practically every sector of human endeavour, so too, must a Language School be prepared to give appropriate and relevant English language instruction when called upon to do so by both its students and clients.