English is the leading international language.In different countries around the globe English is acquired as the mother tongue; in others it is used as a second language.(1) __________________________________,performing the function of administration;in others it's used as an international language
for business, commerce and industry.What factors and forces have led to the spread of English?Why is English now considered to be so prestigious that, across the globe, individuals and societies feel disadvantaged if they do not have competence in this language?How has English changed through 1 500 years?
These are some of the questions that you investigate when you study English.
(2) ________________________________________________________.You develop in-depth knowledge of the intricate structure of the language.Why do some non-native speakers of English claim that it is a difficult language to learn,while infants born into English-speaking communities acquire their language before they learn to use forks and knives?At the university of Sussex, you are introduced to the nature and grammar of English in all its aspects.This involves the study of sound structures, (3) ________________________________,as well as examination of the theories
explaining these aspects of English usage.You are encouraged to develop your own individual responses to various practical and theoretical issues,which are raised by studying how speakers and writers employ English for a wide variety of purposes.