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INTRODUCTION TO MAJOR ENGLISH SPEAKING COUNTRIES

What You Can Expect to Learn from this Course
? U.K., Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, U.S.A, Canada ? History ? Politics ? Economy ? Education System ? Sports, holidays & festivals ? Others

What I Expect From You
? ? ? ? ? Take notes in class (understand what you are taught) Ask questions- show interest! Read specific assigned passages from your text-book Do some research online Become more familiar with the contents of the course through different media ? Make multi media presentations about different aspects of the course ? No sleeping/knitting and other e.c.a’s /playing with mobile phones... in class

Evaluation
? Weekly class attendance and participation ? Group presentations ? Group Quizzes ? End of term written examination

COUNTRIES THAT SPEAK ENGLISH
? How many countries do you think have English as an official language? ? Did you know that English is not an official language in major English-Speaking countries, e.g. U.S, Australia and U.K? ? Why do so many countries have English as an official language? Colonization, lingua franca/political unification

Map of nations using English as an official language or as the predominant language

Origins of English
? Developed through a fusion of languages now termed “old English” ? Germanic (Anglo-Saxons) and VikingsGermany/Denmark/Netherlands ? Latin (Christianity/lingua franca) ? French

Popularity of English
? Third most natively spoken language ? Do you know which languages are first and second most natively spoken? ? Highest populations of native English speakers : United States (215 million),[44] United Kingdom (61 million),[45] Canada (18.2 million),[46] Australia (15.5 million),[47] Nigeria (4 million),[48] Ireland (3.8 million),[45] S. Africa (3.7 million),[49] and New Zealand (3.6 million)

Global Language
? Referred to as world language ? Most studied as foreign language ? Absorbing aspects of cultures worldwide as it continues to grow ? Official language of U.N, Commonwealth, E.U., IOC and others ? Dialects: Pidgins and Creoles ? British and American English- which should I speak?

Intro. to the United Kingdom
? United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland ? Components: England, Wales, Scotland & N. Ireland- languages ? Differences among countries ? Currency ? Population: 61.8 million ? Queen: Head of State ? Head of Government: Prime Minister

Map of U.K.

British Flag

For Next Week
? Please read units one and two ? Don’t worry about new wordsjust get the general idea


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