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I spent 3 years teaching English in Turkey, consisting of 2 years teaching Traditional Method English at a school of some 1,000 mixed teenaged students in Eskişehir; then a 6 month stint teaching police officers and even a judge as well as regular students at Kent English in Turkey’s capital Ankara, before spending a further 6 months teaching at a university near Mersin. Afterwards, I worked in Warsaw, Poland for a couple of years teaching both the Callan Method and Business English. Later, I was to spend almost 3 years teaching in Mataro, Spain where I perfected the art of teaching the Callan Method of Direct English. Then I enjoyed a spell at Great Chapel College in central London working as Principal. Following a position as both Director and Principal of a well-known Business College in London, I held educational/student recruitment seminars and events in the Philippines, Indonesia, Pakistan and Thailand. I went on to work as Project Manager of the English Language Unit at Al Baha University in the Saraat Mountains, Saudi Arabia where I was responsible for some 6,000 English language students from Business, Medical, Engineering, Arts and Science faculties as well as 150 English language lecturers across 8 branches of the university, dotted over some extremely rugged mountainous terrain. Before that, I worked in Riyadh for a year teaching English to students on the King’s Scholarship Program and I also taught English to Imams from Riyadh’s vast Islamic university. As for now, I have returned from 6 months in Guadalajara, Mexico where I taught English at local businesses in and around Zapopan – my previous employer in Riyadh flew me all the way back to Saudi Arabia to take up my Project Manager’s role again at Al Baha University – so here I am, back in the Saudi mountains. In my spare time I run a small import/export agency, resulting from a Certificate course with Wade World Trade; in fact I have been involved in international trade since 1982 dealing in sports equipment from Hong Kong and Taiwan; arts and crafts from Africa; garden products from South Africa and more recently steel from China. Although, due to my constant teaching and travelling my agency has never really got off the ground – the most positive thing about it is that I now have a great deal of knowledge relating to Business English, hence my teaching of the subject in both Warsaw, Poland and Guadalajara, Mexico. Whether or not my import/export agency succeeds this time around remains to be seen, but for the future at least, I’ll be continuing here in the remote Saraat mountains of Saudi Arabia.
The English language:
English Native speakers
360 million (2010)
L2: 375 million and 750 million EFL
Indo-European Germanic West Germanic Anglo–Frisian Anglic English
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Latin script (English alphabet)
Official language in
27 non-sovereign entities
Countries where English is an official or de facto official language, or national language, and is spoken natively by the majority of the population
Countries where it is an official but not primary language
English is a West Germanic language that was first spoken in early medieval England and is now the most widely used language in the world. It is spoken as a first language by the majority populations of several sovereign states, including the United Kingdom, the United States, Canada, Australia, Ireland, New Zealand and a number of Caribbean nations. It is the third-most-common native language in the world, after Mandarin Chinese and Spanish. It is widely learned as a second language and is an official language of the European Union, many Commonwealth countries and the United Nations, as well as in many world organisations.
English arose in the Anglo-Saxon kingdoms of England and what is now southeast Scotland. Following the extensive influence of Great Britain and the United Kingdom from the 17th century to the mid-20th century, through the British Empire, and also of the United States since the mid-20th century, it has been widely propagated around the world, becoming the leading language of international discourse and the lingua franca in many regions.
Historically, English originated from the fusion of closely related dialects, now collectively termed Old English, which were brought to the eastern coast of Great Britain by Germanic settlers (Anglo-Saxons) by the 5th century – with the word English being derived from the name of the Angles, and ultimately from their ancestral region of Angeln (in what is now Schleswig-Holstein). A significant number of English words are constructed on the basis of roots from Latin, because Latin in some form was the lingua franca of the Christian Church and of European intellectual life. The language was further influenced by the Old Norse language because of Viking invasions in the 9th and 10th centuries.
The Norman conquest of England in the 11th century gave rise to heavy borrowings from Norman French, and vocabulary and spelling conventions began to give the appearance of a close relationship with Romance languages to what had then become Middle English. The Great Vowel Shift that began in the south of England in the 15th century is one of the historical events that mark the emergence of Modern English from Middle English.
Owing to the assimilation of words from many other languages throughout history, modern English contains a very large vocabulary, with complex and irregular spelling, particularly of vowels. Modern English has not only assimilated words from other European languages, but from all over the world. The Oxford English Dictionary lists over 250,000 distinct words, not including many technical, scientific, and slang terms.
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