20th Anniversary Keynote Address

JAFAE (Japan Association For Asian Englishes)

Co-sponsored by the

Chukyo University Graduate Major in World Englishes

The Future of English: The Next 20 Years

This year is the 20th anniversary of the publication of The Future of English?, which set out a number of approaches to forecasting the growth of English worldwide. The book enjoyed much success (and was translated into Japanese). But how far was it successful? What did it get right and what wrong? In this presentation I will review some of the main developments in the last 20 years, and look ahead to the next two decades. I will focus especially on East Asia, and the role of China. I will conclude that we have entered a less predictable period, with the United States apparently retreating into nationalism, Britain leaving the European Union, and China’s population about to decline sharply.


Saturday, 24 June 2017,  10:00


Chukyo University, Yagoto Campus, Building 1, Room 162

This event is open to World Englishes Students and staff. Guests require prior registration. See the JAFAE Homepage for details.

Dr David Graddol   The English Company (UK) Ltd

David Graddol is Director of The English Company (UK) Ltd and is well-known as a researcher and writer on English as a global language. He has been involved in ELT projects in China, India and Latin America since the early 1990s. From 2010-2012 he was a Visiting Associate Professor at City University in Hong Kong. He is currently working with Cambridge English on a project with English teachers in Mexico and China. Many of his books, such as The Future of English?, English Next, English Next India, and Profiling English in China: The Pearl River Delta, can be downloaded free.

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