Course Introduction
Unit 1: Defining English
Unit 2: Using English
Unit 3: Learning English
Unit 4: Teaching English
Unit 5: Changing English
End of Course

1.0 What is English?


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


Figure 1.1: The terrestrial planet Venus
[Source: NASA]


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.