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Hi, students. In this video, I make some predictions about what learning English will be like in the year 2030. Find out what I think the future has in store for both English teachers and students of English!

I have been teaching English via videos and online lessons since 2012. I have witnessed many changes in online teaching during that time, which have accelerated in the past year (2020), due to the impact of lockdowns and the fact that many teachers have been forced to move online for the first time.

Competition in the online teaching English sphere is very tough these days, and all I can say is that in such a crowded market, I’m relieved that I’m not just starting out.

Topics addressed in my talk include:

  • Which kind of English will be favoured in the future: British English? American English? Or something else?
  • Niches and specialist areas of learning English
  • The role of corporations in the ESL teaching industry
  • The fate of the school trip
  • The role of video and technology in teaching English

Advanced Vocabulary Definitions

in store (idiom) = something that is ‘in store’ for you, is going to happen in the future. For example, ‘I asked the tarot reader what the future has in store for me’ (I asked what will happen to me in the future).

native speaker (n) = a person whose first language is English, who has spoken it since a baby.

International English (n) = this is the concept that English is a global language, which isn’t tied to a specific accent or variety.

on an equal footing (idiom) = to be equal in status or respect to something else.

Amalgam English = a mixture of different ‘Englishes’. Neither strictly British English nor American English, but a mixture of them and other linguistic influences.

use [something] up (phrasal verb) = to exhaust your supply of something, so that there isn’t any of it left.

niche (n; marketing) /niːʃ/ = a specialist area in which a business concentrates its effort, to appeal to a subset of customers.

scalability (n; business) = the ability of a business to grow larger.

interactive (adj) = involving direct participation. For example, interactive teaching methods require the student to be actively involved in the lesson, instead of merely watching or listening.

Read and download the lesson transcript HERE.

Industry Trends in ELT

To read more on this topic, visit the British Council site which had an interesting article on the future demand for English teaching.

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