In September 2013 I wrote a column titled Why English? The column canvassed the popularity and future of the use of English worldwide.
One reason for the popularity of English is that the USA is a world leader in higher education and in research and development. Tens of thousands of foreign students attend Canadian and US universities. Some foreign students intending to apply to a North American university attend high schools in North America. These students obtain a high school graduation certificate and at the same time they learn English.
For example, I live in Fredericton, New Brunswick where we . . . [more]