English next was commissioned by the British Council and written by researcher David Graddol.

David Graddol is a British applied linguist, well known as a writer, broadcaster, researcher and consultant on issues relating to global English.

The report argues that we are already in a very new kind of environment and a new phase in the global development of English. What are the new rules and who will be the winners and who will be the losers? In this study David Graddol suggests some of the answers by analysing demographic and economic trends in the Twenty First-Century which affect Global English and language policies worldwide and will influence its future.

Author: David Graddol

This publication is free to download in pdf format. You can order paperback copies from Bournemouth English Book Centre.



Submitted by Angelasgf on Mon, 06/11/2012 - 10:30


I read English Next in 2 days flat. It is a most fascinating read, especially for someone who has just started on the road to become an EFL teacher. This puts the future in quite a different perspective and gave me something to ponder over.

In the book it says that there is also a mailing list of sorts with articles pertaining to the development of the Global English language. However, I can't find any other details about this. Where can I subscribe to that list?

Thanks, Jacqueline

Submitted by bayrak on Wed, 11/12/2014 - 20:20


Dearest: Can't find the file: 0 bytes? Might be removed? Could you help pls. THANKS

Submitted by Cath McLellan on Thu, 11/13/2014 - 14:55

In reply to by bayrak


Hi Thanks for your comment - I've checked both the PDF attachment and the link in the body of the article, and both open the English Next document fine here - which browser are you using? Perhaps try using a different browser. If you still have problems, please let us know. Thanks, Cath

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