Our 2018 Annual Theme: Soon to be announced
Recognising that this year marks the 70th anniversary of Indian independence, the English Project has adopted 'Indian English' as its annual theme. IE is a rich and fascinating variety of English with a history dating back over 200yrs during which English and many native Indian languages closely coexisted and modified one another. Today IE is one of the most widely spoken and characterful varieties of English with distinct sounds, grammar, vocabulary and culture.
Welcome to The English Project
The English Project promotes awareness and understanding of the unfolding global story of the English language in all its varieties – past, present and future. We try to present ideas about English in an intelligent, entertaining, inclusive and interactive way. Our hope is that a greater understanding and enjoyment of English can enrich people’s lives and enable them to make more of the exceptional cultural and communications phenomenon which English has become. We intend to reach a broadly-based audience, globally, socially, ethnically and by age amongst English’s two billion speakers worldwide (that's as a first or second language).
English Language Day
The high point of the English Project Year is 13 October - English Language Day. On 13 October 1362, the Chancellor of England for the first time opened the Houses of Parliament with a speech in English. That year, a Statute of Pleading approved the use of the English language in Parliament. To celebrate that event we organise a themed weeks of activities centred around our annual theme and this includes our prestigious English Language Day Lecture.