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).

The English Project and Indian English

In November 2016 the UK government announced that 2017 would be 'UK-India Year of Culture' and unveiled a number of cultural activities and exchanges to celebrate the 70th anniversary of India's independence. As part of this cultural activity the English Project saw a welcome opportunity to explore one of the most interesting varieties of English; that spoken (to some extent) by perhaps 300M people in India and its surrounding countries. A population which dwarfs that of the UK and rivals the number of English speakers in the US. The close proximity of English with many local indian languages since the days ... Read more

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