The Centre aims to bring together scholars with an interest in global Engli...
(CGE) Centre for Global Englishes produces and disseminates research on the linguistic and sociocultural dimensions of global uses and users of English (Global Englishes), and on English as a Lingua Franca in particular. The centre also provides a forum for knowledge-sharing and collaboration with other interested researchers and centres around the world.
It has been estimated (conservatively) that there are as many as 2 billion speakers of English as a second language or lingua franca worldwide today (Crystal, 2008).
The figures above suggest that those who use English as a second language or lingua franca outnumber first language speakers by at least 4:1.