1.0 Introduction

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Have a look at these pictures. Which one is closer to your concept of what the English language is like?

Planet Venus image
Figure 1.1: The terrestrial planet Venus

[Source: NASA]



Galaxy image
Figure 1.2: Part of the Large Magellanic Cloud, a satellite galaxy of the Milky Way

[Source: NASA]



In your opinion, is English like a planet? Or is it more like a galaxy? Think about this question for a couple of minutes and note down the reasons for your choice before looking at our feedback.

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