The English Effect

The impact of English, what it’s worth to the UK and why it matters to the world

August 2013

English is spoken at a useful level by a quarter of the world population. Combining first-hand testimony and quantitative data, this British Council report explores many facets of this global language: its characteristics and the dynamics of native and non-native use of English; the impact that English language skills have on people’s lives, educational and employment prospects, and on societal stability; and the economic value of English to the UK.