In this annual lecture for the English-Speaking Union, David Cystal discusses examples of cultural cross-purposes when communicating in English. He also outlines the kind of cultural awareness all English speakers need to have when they interact with others on a global scale. February 2013, London.

 

Part 1

This talk was given by David Crystal for The English-Speaking Union annual lecture, in partnership with the British Council.
 
There is a widely held view that one of the consequences of the rise of English as a world language is global intelligibility. However, at the level of everyday communication, cultural differences between the countries that use English often present a barrier to understanding.
 
The talk illustrates some of the conversational cross-purposes that have taken place, and discusses the kind of cultural awareness all English speakers need to have when they interact with others on a global scale.
 
You can read a report on the lecture.
 
You can also see David Crystal's plenary session at the 2013 IATEFL conference in Liverpool by visiting: IATEFL online
 
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