MaWSIG's first meetup

Last week Sophie attended MaWSIG's (IATEFL's Materials Writing Special Interest Group) first meet-up. And as she's part of the organising committee we thought it would be a good chance to find out more about the event and how it went. What is MaWSIG? The International Association of Teachers of English as a Foreign Langauge has special interest [...]

IETUGL Part 5: Is English the ultimate global language?

In a five-part blog series I have been proposing to answer the question: Is English the ultimate global language? This is the fifth and final post of this blog series. Read posts 1, 2, 3 and 4 to catch up. In part 4 I considered how the English language has evolved to become a prime [...]

IETUGL Part 3: English – the lingua franca of world transport

In a five-part blog series I am proposing to answer the question: Is English the ultimate global language? Read posts 1 and 2 to catch up. In part 2 of this blog series, I looked at the idea of a universal language, Esperanto, created specifically for the purpose of uniting people from different language backgrounds. But [...]

Is English the ultimate global language? (IETUGL) Part 1

Part 1: Introduction In February 2012, I proudly handed in my university dissertation – 20% of my final Graphic Design degree. It was entitled “How an increase in world transport and tourism has created a greater demand for concise cross-cultural signage”. (Quite a mouthful, I know.) In this dissertation I explored the relationship between language, [...]