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Worlds of English is a wide-ranging introduction to English language studies which moves from the development of English in the British Isles to its current role as the language of globalisation, and from the acquisition of the language by individuals, to its place in education systems around the world. Throughout the series there is an emphasis on analysing how the language works and how it has evolved in different contexts, what language practices it is associated with, and on investigating the role of English in people's lives.