Why are so many people trying to learn English? Is it mania or is it a necessity? Is the world obsessed with learning to speak English?
(noun) Extreme enthusiasm for something that is usually shared by many people.
(noun) Wild and noisy disorder or confusion.
(noun) A feeling of intense pleasure or joy.
(noun) A fit of crying.
This interesting TED talk by Jay Walker explores this issue:
- What are the three types of mania that Jay Walker talks about at the beginning of the video?
- What are the three adjectives Jay Walker uses to describe Mania?
- What method is often used in China to learn English?
- According to Jay Walker, how many people are trying to learn English in the world?
- According to Jay Walker, what are some of the reasons that so many people are trying to learn English?
- What does Jay say, that you can do with English?
- Give two examples of global problems.
- According to Jay Walker, what is the language of science?
- According to Jay Walker, what is the language of emotions?
- According to Jay Walker, what is the language of problem solving?
- In conclusion, what does Jay Walker believe that English represents?
* Answers below
I agree with Jay Walker, I believe that a common language is the key to global communication. Better communication will lead to improved problem solving and a better future for us all. What do you think?
- Beatles mania, Sports mania, Religious mania
- Alarming, deadly, good.
- 2 billion people.
- For opportunity, to find a better job or life, to put money on the table.
- You can be part of a global conversation about global problems.
- Possible answers: Climate change, poverty, hunger, disease.
- Hope for a better future, where the world has a common language to solve its common problems.