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The future of English language teaching: more students, taking more exams and using more technology

English Teaching Professional magazine has published results of a survey of teachers in over 110 countries on their opinions on the future of English language teaching. Sixty-six percent of teachers thought there would be an increase in the importance of English as a global language over the next ten years and over 80 percent thought that the numbers of students would increase accordingly.

Almost all the teachers thought students would want an English qualification as a result of their studies-either in general English or in a specialist English subject.

Ninety percent of teachers believe technology and the Internet will grow increasingly important in the classroom. The message for schools seems clear: gear up for exam classes and make sure you are up to date with technology- based resources!

By Patricia Dean

ESLemployment Editor-in-Chief