British or American, the language is basically the same, and its global stature is backed up by massive English-language training programmes, an international businessthat in textbooks, language courses, tape cassettes, video programmes and computerized instruction — is worth hundreds of millions of pounds or dollars to the economies of the US and the UK. The Englishlanguage is now one of Britain’s most reliable exports. In the ironic words of the novelist Malcolm Bradbury, it is an ideal British product, ‘needing no workers and no work, no assembly lines and noassembly, no spare parts and very little servicing, it is used for the most intimate and the most public services everywhere. We call it the English language ...‘Dr Robert Burchfield, former ChiefEditor of the Oxford English Dictionary, has remarked that ‘any literate, educated person on the face of the globe is deprived if he does not know English’.
The first level of the global sway ofEnglish is to be found in those countries, formerly British colonies, in which English as a second language has become accepted as a fact of cultural life that cannot be wished away. In Nigeria, it is anofficial language; in Zambia, it is recognized as one of the state languages; in Singapore, it is the major language of government, the legal system and education.
1. Answer thefollowing questions using your own words. (2 points)
a. Is the teaching of the English language worth a lot of money?
Answer: Yes. It is. I’m think that English language worth a lot of money, because is abasic tool that allows us to obtain a good job in order to be trained to different changes in the economy of our country, in addition to these skills need to spend much money to know more about thislanguage.
b. According to Bradbury, what is the difference between the English language and traditional industry?
Answer: The difference between the English language and traditional industry is that...