The English language in Europe post-Brexit

The British Council has produced an interesting report, based on findings from France, Greece, Italy, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Spain, pondering what might be the future demand for English language learning and teaching after Brexit.

In particular, the report considers whether the changing world order (this century will eventually come to be dominated by China and India as the west’s period of hegemony fades) will change the status of English as the world’s language, and also what impact digital disruption and AI may have on the way people learn language in the future. The key points from the study are that the total number of potential English language learners in parts of the EU is set to fall by 15.3 million by 2025, but that this is not because of Brexit or increased protectionism, but rather due to demographic changes and people moving into the adult population with higher levels of English.

They also suggest that, despite the absence of the UK from the corridors of Brussels, English will continue to the be the lingua franca in the European Union.

Other findings are that: employers will continue to need employees who have high level English skills; adults will need ‘top-up’ tuition throughout their working life; working adult learners will increasingly want flexible, personalised, purpose specific and time efficient learning; demand for regular evening or weekend courses that run over many months will decrease; and older learners will be a source of demand for English language learning, for keeping mentally active, travel and to communicate with family living abroad.

You can read the full report at this link:

Rosetta Stone, Global Connects