Grade 9 Unit 3 Topic 1 Section D

English Around the World ( II)
English has become widely used around the world. Why has this happened?
We may find the answer from history.
In the nineteenth century, Great Britain became a powerful country, so English became an international language. Then, since the 1950s, the USA has become more and more powerful. The American computer and Internet industry have taken the leading position in the world. As a result, the Internet has helped English to become much more popular.
China, a country with the largest population in the world, has encouraged more people to learn English since the 1970s. Since the 1990s, English learning has been very popular with Chinese people. Many of them have done well in English and have made great progress in speaking it.

Now, students are required to learn English, and the study of English is regarded as a very important industry in China as well as in the rest of the world.

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