The English language and its role in the world are fascinating subjects that regularly make the news. Here are just a few examples of the issues that have been discussed in the media:

Global spread of English poses problems for UK
http://english.people.com.cn/200602/18/print20060218_243850.html

Global Language Monitor: Many Chinglish into English
http://english.peopledaily.com.cn/200602/06/print20060206_240568.html

A quarter of Chinese study English: official
http://english.people.com.cn/200603/27/print20060327_253675.html

Chinese intellectuals rebel against foreign language tests
http://english.people.com.cn/200404/12/print20040412_140069.html

Is English invading Chinese culture?
http://english.people.com.cn/200311/02/print20031102_127409.html

Olympic bidding success spurs English language fever in China
http://english.people.com.cn/200107/29/eng20010729_76042.html

Cut tongues for speaking ‘perfect’ English demanded in Shanghai
http://english.people.com.cn/200206/18/print20020618_98081.html

Singapore launches annual event for promoting “good English”
http://english.people.com.cn/200607/25/print20060725_286502.html

English training, 15-billion yuan industry
http://english.people.com.cn/200608/05/print20060805_290082.html

In English? Chirac won’t hear of it
http://www.iht.com/articles/2006/03/24/news/chirac.php

English equation unbalanced
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/english/doc/2004-03/18/content_315800.htm

English-only teaching not allowed for kids
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/english/doc/2004-03/16/content_315062.htm