The Importance of English as a Global Language

Lishanthi Wijewardene


The English language is widely spoken throughout the modern world, and as the world integrates to become a global village, English is gaining tremendous popularity as a global language. Globalization has created a smaller world for people (Rohmah, 2005) and English has been elevated to the status of ‘indispensable’ in the business arena, with the growth of markets causing a breaking down of boundaries of countries. Against this backdrop, companies have to use English to reach out to many customers and potential employees. Hence, in a world which is integrating in every sphere, English is undoubtedly known as the lingua franca. This article discusses the impacts of English as a global language.

Key words: English, Global language.


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