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.

News

The Eurotales Conference of International Language Museums, February, 2017: The people behind 10 language museums met in the splendour of the restored chapel of San Jacopo at the Istituto Lorenzo de Medici, Florence, to share experiences on... Read more
Professor Chrsitopher Mulvey has been invited to write an article for English Review journal following his 2016 monthly English Project Shakespeare blogs.  The journal, published by Hodder Education, is aimed at A-Level English Literature... Read more
Venus and Adonis was William Shakespeare's first 'big hit' when the long poem was published in 1593. Funny and wry in its account of the older Venus's erotic infatuation with the beautiful youth Adonis (who had other things on his mind) the poem had... Read more
The English Project was delighted this week to receive copies of its first book to be translated into Chinese.  Authors of 'A History of the English Language in 100 Places', Bill Lucas and Chris Mulvey, were very excited at the potential size... Read more
English Project Trustee, Professor Chris Mulvey, has been invited to lecture in Paris as the city celebrates the 400th anniversary of the death of the bard.  Chris is delighted and honored to be addressing a prestigious audience at La Mairie du... Read more